Tennessee Curriculum Center

Standard 8: Literature > Literary Devices Thread | Grade 5

Associated Tennessee Learning Expectations
Recognize and understand basic literary terms (e.g., simile, metaphor, setting, point of view, alliteration, onomatopoeia).

Developing a Clear Learning Target

About This Topic Thread
Literary devices refers to specific aspects of literature in the sense of its universal function as an art form which expresses ideas through language which we can recognize, identify, interpret, and/or analyze. Literary devices collectively comprise the art form’s components, the means by which authors create meaning through language, and by which readers gain understanding of and appreciation for their works. They also provide a conceptual framework for comparing individual literary works to others, both within and across genres. Both literary elements and literary techniques can rightly be called literary devices.

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Preceding Grade Level
Recognize and understand basic literary terms (e.g., simile, metaphor, setting, point of view, alliteration, onomatopoeia).
This Grade Level
Recognize and understand basic literary terms (e.g., simile, metaphor, setting, point of view, alliteration, onomatopoeia).
Next Grade Level
Analyze works of literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
Identify and analyze common literary terms (e.g., personification, conflict, theme).
Scaffolded (Unpacked) Ideas
  1. Know and use basic literary devices (e.g., imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole).
  2. Recognize sound devices in poetry (e.g., onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme, repetition)
Academic Vocabulary

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary for Literary Devices | Grade 5

* Terms not included on the TDOE Academic Vocabulary list
Questions to Focus Instruction
  1. How are texts analyzed to build knowledge or meaning?