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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 ...

Foreshadowing: As the Prophecy Foretold

Background Meredith looks over the contents of the manilla envelope once more - her first case as a real detective. A simple hit-and-run, that’s what everyone kept saying. Still, ...

Oxymoron: An Awfully Good Time!

Background Recently, Sean’s mother took a working vacation out of state. Sean says it’s a definite maybe that he’ll get to visit the aquarium. The only aquatic creatures he’s seen...

Persona: The Truth Unmasked!

Have You Ever? Let’s say your friend Josh joined your school’s theater club this year. You didn’t think he would enjoy it: Josh is friendly but very shy and not very expressive. H...

Hyperbole: You’ve Heard a Billion of ‘Em!

Have You Ever? Your sister just got back from school. “How was your day?” you ask. “It was the worst day of my life,” she replies glumly. “I had to lug my cello with me and it wei...

Cacophony: Exploding Sounds

Introduction “Cock-a-doodle-do!”   Unless you love early mornings on farms, you probably don’t really enjoy hearing that phrase. In fact, the sound of the rooster is often used...

Anthropomorphism: Human Traits for Non-Humans?

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare? Do the characters from the story remind you of any people in your life? Please explain why. Here’s Why ...

Brevitas: Keep It Concise

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the phrase “elevator pitch?” Imagine that you’re working at a company and you’ve come up with a great new idea. Before you can implement it thou...

Allusion: I Understood That Reference!

Introduction The group walked into their classroom as if it were Mordor. “Do you think we’ll be in the same group at least?” “If we’re going off pure odds, there’s a 30% cha...