Words that Pack a Punch Mini-Project
Words that Pack a Punch Mini-Project
Extensive examples -
Historical: Uncle Sam
Biblical: Adam & Eve (Garden of Eden)
Literary: Catch 22
Why use it - Allusions engage the reader and will often help the reader remember the theme of the passage.
Allusions allow the writer to give an example or get a point across without a lengthy explanation.
What it is - An allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance.
Why use it - Authors use these references to add context, depth, and significance to their work
Extensive examples - Elvis - “The King”
Picasso - artist
What it is - Culture is the knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, religion, art, objects and possessions held by a group of people throughout generations.
Why use it - Because colors might make people think of different things. (EX. if there is a very dark room, compared to a light room, people might see it differently.)
What it is - Symbolism gives a writer freedom to add double levels of meanings to a work: a literal one that is self-evident and the symbolic one whose meaning is far more profound than the literal one.
Extensive examples - White stands for life and purity.
Purple is a royal color.
The dove is a symbol of peace.
Why use it - to adjust the tone or mood of a piece or to communicate a more precise/specific level of meaning.
Extensive Examples - really vs truly
ameteur vs novice
crawl vs creep
What it is - A nuance is a subtle (almost undetectable) difference or shade of meaning, expression (tone), or sound.
Why use it - So the readers can feel the story, and can make the reader feel different emotions.
Extensive Examples - Suspenseful, joyful, depressing, excited, and anxious.
What it is - The overall feeling of a piece (atmosphere);
the general atmosphere created by the author’s words; the feeling the reader gets from reading those words.
Extensive Examples - Neutral Sentence:
I walked to the store
Sentence with Tone:
I stomped into the store and slammed my groceries down on the check-out counter.
Why use it - So the reader understands what the author feels, physically or emotion.
What it is - The way feelings are expressed
the general attitude of a piece (or the author’s attitude toward the writing); the way feelings are expressed.
Why use it - The connotation could also set part of the mood for the story. Also allowing the reader to understand, what type of book they are reading.
Extensive Examples - Childish implies immaturity (negative connotation) while youthful implies being lively and energetic (positive connotation.)
What it is - The feeling a word creates.
Why use it - Because sounds create rhythm and mood and can have particular connotations.
Extensive Examples - The wild and woolly walrus waits and wonders when we walk by.
What it is - The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables.
What it is - Comparing two things (direct comparison)
Why use it - So that the reader understands something, in a little more detail.
Extensive Examples - Her hair was silk
What it is - Naming a thing or an action by imitating the sound it makes
Why use it - So the readers understand what the narrator is hearing, and feeling.
Extensive Examples - Buzz, hiss, roar, woof
Why use it - So you know that the author is joking, and is making a funny story.
Extensive Examples - Mile-high ice-cream cones
What it is - Big exaggeration, usually with humor
What it is - Giving something human qualities
Why use it - So that readers can feel like it would be like to be a object.
Extensive Examples - The stuffed bear smiled as the little boy hugged him close
Why use it - So the readers could get more of an understanding, of what the author was trying to say.
Extensive Examples - Touch: Her hands were like ice.
*All literary techniques examples can contain imagery.
What it is - Using sensory details:
the five senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, sound) to describe something.
What it is - An expression specific to a group of people (does not make sense if taken literally)
Why use it - So the author can explain something to a reader, but in a different way.
Extensive Examples - She sings at the top of her lung
Extensive Examples - The sun is like a yellow ball of fire in the sky
Why use it - So that the readers get a clue on how that character might really be feeling.
What it is - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as.
What it is - The use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny
(similar to sarcasm)
Why use it - To make something funny, or to joke around a book.
Extensive Examples - He made himself sick by worrying so much about his health.