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Reviewing Literary Devices Through Observation of American Art

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Language Arts And English Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection will support students in identifying and creating effective literary devices, as a review, in preparation for an upcoming poetry unit. Students will begin with a See-Think-Wonder activity, followed by a quick write, a review of five literary devices (diction, imagery, metaphor, simile, and tone), and ending with a small group See-Think-Wonder activity and the creation of sentences based on the images using the literary devices listed above. 

Pieces included:

  1. Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872
  2. Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1893-1901
  3. Thomas Moran, The Chasm of the Colorado, 1873-1874
  4. Thomas Moran, Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah, 1892
  5. Thomas Doughty, River View with Hunters and Dogs, ca. 1850
  6. Asher B. Durand, Woodland Glen, ca. 1850-1855
  7. Frederic Edwin Church, Aurora Borealis, 1865

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Smithsonian American Art Museum

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Quick Write Expectations

Charlene Harper

The Chasm of the Colorado

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah

Smithsonian American Art Museum

River View with Hunters and Dogs

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Woodland Glen

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Aurora Borealis

Smithsonian American Art Museum