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Teaching Literary Devices through Art

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

A good visual can often be the key to understanding (and remembering) a seemingly abstract concept. This collection demonstrates how artworks in the Smithsonian American Art Museum may be used to teach common literary devices in the English/language arts classroom such as metaphor, irony, symbolism, and more.

Key words: allegory, allusion, anthropomorphism, foreshadowing, irony, juxtaposition, metaphor, mood, motif, satire, suspense, symbol

Allegory

Phoebe Hillemann

Ship of Fools

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Allusion

Phoebe Hillemann

The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Anthropomorphism

Phoebe Hillemann

Oops!

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Foreshadowing

Phoebe Hillemann

Double Portrait of the Artist in Time

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Irony

Phoebe Hillemann

Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Juxtaposition

Phoebe Hillemann

Industrial Cottage

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Metaphor

Phoebe Hillemann

Electric Production and Direction

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mood

Phoebe Hillemann

The Beach

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Scenes of American Life (Beach)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Beach Artworks Pairing

Phoebe Hillemann

Motif

Phoebe Hillemann

Untitled (Chase Scene)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled (Rabbit)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Satire

Phoebe Hillemann

Bar Italia

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Suspense

Phoebe Hillemann

Vegetable Dinner

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Symbol

Phoebe Hillemann

Farm Workers' Altar

Smithsonian American Art Museum