Benefits of Teaching Literary Techniques-Part 1

October 20, 2017

Any task worth doing costs.

It costs us something in order to learn.

It costs us something in order to love.

It costs us something in order to be selfless.

It costs effort, tenacity, and good ol’ fashion grit, and determination.

Sometimes we lose heart.

Sometimes our spouse loses heart.

Sometimes our children lose heart.

Sometimes our friends lose heart.

We sometimes turn off the path that we know will help us reach our goals and say to ourselves,” I just can’t do it anymore.” We leave the land of courage and wallow in a puddle of pity on the side of the road.

God has commanded us to lead the faint-of-heart to a place of courage.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another.” 1Thessalonias 5:11

To encourage…. what’s my definition?

….I think it means to move someone with your words so that they can be “in” a place of courage!

Courage to do the hard things that God calls all of us to do.

Trust, walk, believe, work, pray, live, learn, forgive…

We can do so much with our words, with a smile, with a hug, and simply with our presence.

“You got this. God is with you.”

<smile with eye contact>

<embrace, cuddle, squeeze, hold close, hold tight>

“You are not alone.”

Daily, we each are given an opportunity and a command to encourage.

“But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication].” Hebrew 13:3 Amplifed Bible

Today, lead your spouse to a place of courage.

Today, lead your child to a place of courage.

Today, lead your friend to a place of courage.

Today, lead a stranger to a place of courage.

We all need encouragement. Too much is at stake when we don’t give or receive it. Let’s give encouragement liberally to one another and build our families and friends in the Lord.

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Teaching Literary Techniques-Part 1 (Introduction)

Welcome to my three-part series on literary techniques!

Benefits of Teaching Your Child Literary Techniques

I remember when Star Wars was first released back in the late 70’s. It was hailed as a winner because the newest, latest, and greatest special effects exploded on the cinema screen like never before!  Special effects make movies come alive and synthesize them into blockbuster hits!

Literary techniques are the special effects of writing! Literary techniques are the way a writer writes to help the reader feel and experience the story on an emotional level.

There are over one hundred literary techniques! Click HERE to view a list.

Let’s focus on the top ten!

Top Ten Literary Techniques:

  • Simile: Comparison using like or as
  • Metaphor: Comparison that does not use like or as
  • Alliteration: Words in a row that uses the same beginning sound
  • Onomatopoeia: Words that describe a sound
  • Personification: Giving a non-human object human characteristics
  • Tone: reflects the attitude of a character or author
  • Mood: reflects the emotional feeling of an author or character
  • Symbolism: Object that represents something else
  • Hyperbole: Exaggeration to make a point
  • Irony: stating the opposite to convey the actual intended meaning

Each one of these literary techniques adds spectacular special effects to any genre of writing! The ability to use these techniques separate blah writers from great writers! 

Often these techniques are saved for advanced writers, however, what I have learned over the last 20 years is young kids like learning about these techniques! In fact, you will notice your kiddo’s writing confidence increases as he learns and weaves these special effect gems into his writing.

Another benefit of learning literary techniques at a young age is your child will be able to recognize an author’s use of words when reading the classics you assign him. When a child can pick out how an author used her words to create a feeling of excitement, reading comprehension goes up! 

Special effects are super cool on the big screen and in writing! Your kids are going to love them all, and you’ll get to see a major jump in his writing ability!

Next week, join me for Part 2, Teaching Literary Techniques in the Paragraph Level. 

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