Test Your Knowledge of Lit Terms:


To help you internalize the literary terminology we've learned throughout the first semester, you'll keep a Literary Journal. This will also help you prepare for the semester exam as well as the End-of-Level Literacy exam.

Journal Requirements:
  • Keep the journal on notebook paper or type it, whichever you prefer.
  • For each term, write the definition.
  • Include an example for each term.
    • Seven (7) of the examples must be original ones you find in the book you are reading independently.

Journal Due Date:

  • The final journal is due the class period before semester exam review day (B: Fri., 12/11 A: Thurs., 12/10).
  • Though you'll have some time in class to work on the journal, you will not have time to complete the entire journal in class. So, over the next couple weeks, you need to be working on your journal a little each day.

Model Journal Entry:
Zeugma: One word controls two other words in the sentence; one of the words is incongruent (seems out of place, as if it doesn't fit with the other).
Examples:
He stole my heart and my wallet.
"He carried a strobe light and the responsibility for the lives of his men."

How do I Find Definitions and Examples?
  • Check out About.com's Grammar and Composition page. You can type any term in the search box in the top right-hand corner. The sight gives a definition and several examples.

Terms Your Must Include In Your Journal:
1. Genre
2. Modes of Writing:
a. Narrative,
b. Persuasive,
c. Expository (Informative),
d. Descriptive
3. Plot
4. Characters:
a. Flat or Round;
b. Static or Dynamic
5. Setting
6. Conflict
a. Internal and External
7. Diction (Word Choice)
a. Connotations
b. Denotations
8. Tone
9. Mood
10. Theme
11. Simile
12. Metaphor
13. Symbolism
14. Allusion
15. Oxymoron
16. Pun
17. Satire
18. Allegory
19. Irony
a. Dramatic (Situational)
b. Verbal
20. Zeugma: One word controls two other words in the sentence; one of the words is incongruent.
Examples:
He stole my heart and my wallet.
"He carried a strobe light and the responsibility for the lives of his men."
21. Chiasmus (Antimetabole)