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Understatement: Just a Few Letters

Have You Ever? You and your sister are very excited to hang out with a long-distance friend who’s in town for a few days. Before you can head out, your father expresses some conce...

Satire: It’s No Joke

Have You Ever? Your school recently had to replace its principal. The new principal seems like a nice enough person, but you’re not sure if he's a good fit for the job. He hasn’t ...

Parody: No Laughing Matter

Have You Ever? You and your friend Mal are walking downtown when you pass a store that’s playing a new top-charting pop song. It, like many other summer jams, is about a Friday ni...

Tautology: It Is What It Is

Introduction Louis is presenting a book report to his English class. He starts by saying, “Personally, in my opinion, I think that the celebrated book The Grapes of Wrath is an ad...

Metaphor & Simile: A Piece of Cake and Easy As Pie!

Have You Ever? “That test was a piece of cake,” Madeline says to Luke as they walk to their next class. “Yeah,” Luke agrees, “each question flew by as fast as an airplane.” ...

Non sequitur: Follow Along!

Have You Ever? During lunch, you’re chatting with your friends about the latest blockbuster movie that came out. All of you are really excited to see it. The reviews are great, yo...

Allegory: More than a Children’s Story

Have You Ever? Have you read George Orwell’s Animal Farm? At the beginning of the story, all the animals work together to overthrow their cruel farmer and run the farm themselves....

Status Quo: Sticking to What You Know

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the idiom, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease?” Maybe your parents have explained the reasoning behind their actions with the words, “we’ve alwa...

Parallelism/Chiasmus: Repeat After Me

Background Here are two famous quotes that you’re probably familiar with. The first is an excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, which begins with the ...

Erotema: Are You Serious Right Now?

Problem As Caroline’s reading in her room, she hears her phone vibrate. Her grandparents have a house rule of no electronics after dinner, and she should be getting ready for bed ...