• Style Devices (7th grade)

      1)oxymoron:  an expression that is contradictory but works for effect

      2)personification:  giving human characteristics to an object, idea, or animal

      3)simile:  comparison of two unlike things using “like,” “as,” or “than”

      4)metaphor:  direct comparison of two unlike things (doesn’t use “like,” “as,” or “than”)

      5)onomatopoeia:  when words are spelled the way they sound

      6)idiom:  phrase or saying that is a common expression and is not literal

      7)imagery:  language that appeals to the senses (creates word pictures)

      8)symbol: when one thing represents something larger than itself

      9)hyperbole:  an exaggeration or overstatement

      10)antithesis: a figure of speech in which an opposition or contrast of ideas is expressed

      11)word choice:  choosing words that are creative and imaginative instead of cliché

      12)pun: play on words

      13)alliteration:  repetition of a sound at the beginning of words

      14)allusion: a reference to literature, history, current events, religion, or mythology