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Teaching Figurative Language and Story Elements in the Elementary and Middle Grades

Literary techniques are the constructions of language used by an author to convey meaning. These techniques make the story more interesting to the reader. It is important that students learn to identify and understand these constructions. The mastering of these devices will help students get more enjoyment from the fiction they read—both in and out of the classroom situation.

These literary devices are commonly taught in the elementary and middle grades: Connotation, Dialogue, Dialect, Imagery, Idiom, Simile, Metaphor, Pun, Personification, Hyperbole, Understatement, Allusion, Oxymoron, Symbol, Alliteration, and Onomatopoeia.

Many of these devices fall into the category of figurative language. Figurative language uses figures of speech—phrases that go beyond the literal meaning of the words—to be more effective. Figures of speech include metaphors, similes, idioms, and hyperbole.

The study of the elements of a story goes hand in hand with the study of literary devices. The basic elements of a story are character, setting, plot, setting, and theme. Also important are point of view, tone, mood, and style.

The inclusion of figurative language in a work of literature enhances the various elements of the story. It improves a reader’s enjoyment and understanding of the literary work in several ways:

1. Figurative language helps create a mood, which refers to the atmosphere that surrounds the reader and evokes certain feelings.

2. Figurative language can enhance characterization. It can help the author reveal the characters’ traits and personality.

3. Figurative language can help the author advance or slow down the plot. The author can slow down the plot by adding long descriptive passages. He or she can use figurative language to add suspense or humor to the plot.

4. Figurative language can make the setting come alive.

In other words, the use of figurative language enriches the reader’s experience by making the text more interesting.

Figurative Language and Other Literary Devices

Figurative Language and Other Literary Devices, written by Rebecca Stark and published by Educational Books ’n’ Bingo, is available in two grade levels: Grades 5–8 and Grades 3–6. They use examples from classic and modern literature to teach these techniques and devices.

The following literary devices and techniques are covered: • Connotation,
• Dialogue
• Dialect
• Imagery
• Idiom
• Simile
• Metaphor
• Allusion
• Personification
• Hyperbole
• Understatement
• Irony (Grades 5–8 only)
• Sarcasm (Grades 5–8 only)
• Oxymoron
• Paradox (Grades 5–8 only)
• Symbol
• Pun
• Alliteration
• Onomatopoeia.

At the end of the unit, students will be able to identify and understand these literary devices. They will also be able to use the figurative language and other literary techniques in their own writing.

Format

Each literary device is defined. One or more examples are given from classic and/or modern literature. Students are then given opportunities to identify, explain, and use the technique.

Story Elements

Story Elements, written by Rebecca Stark and published by Educational Books ’n’ Bingo, is available in two grade levels: Grades 5–8 and Grades 3–6. They use examples from classic and modern literature to teach the elements of literature.

It is important that students learn to analyze and interpret the literature they read—not only for good results on standardized tests but also for enjoyment throughout their lives. To get the most out of what they read, they should be able to analyze a work’s literary elements. These books are designed to help students achieve that goal.

The books cover the following elements:
• Plot and Conflict
• Character
• Setting
• Point of View
• Tone
• Mood
• Style
• Theme
• Genre.

At the end of the unit, students will be able to…
• infer the setting of a story
• understand the devices and word choices that help develop the mood of a story
• understand the devices and word choices that help develop the tone of a story
• understand the elements of plot
• understand the characters in a story
• infer the characteristics and qualities of the main characters in a story
• identify the point of view and narrative voice of the story
• determine the mood of a story
• determine the tone of a story
• determine the style of a story
• identify the theme of a story
• identify the genre of a story
• understand and develop story elements in their own writing.

Format

Each literary element is defined. One or more examples are given from classic and/or modern literature. Skill-building activities based on the literary element are provided.

Other Resources

Educational Books ’n’ Bingo’s Figurative Language Bingo Book and Elements of Literature Bingo Book provide practice and review of these concepts. Each book provides a complete bingo game in a book. There are enough unique bingo sheets for 30 students!

Barbara Peller, AKA Rebecca Stark, author of Figurative Language and Other Literary Devices, Story Elements, Figurative Language Bingo Book, and Elements of Literature Bingo Book.

The books described in this article are published by Educational Books ’n’ Bingo.

Welcome Hunter Publishing

We here at Dedicated Teacher are excited to welcome a new publisher, Hunter Publishing.

Hunter Publishing was founded in 1985 and is among the top vendors of travel guides in the world. They are more in-depth than other guides, covering the history and culture of every destination, how to get there, how to get around, the activities in each area, from hiking, shopping, entertainment and river trips to exploring the historic sites. Details on the hotels and restaurants are included as well. From the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, South America and beyond, Hunter Travel Guides are the most in-depth source of travel information available.

Hunter Publishing Travel Guides are available for domestic destinations:

With many international destinations:

These files are available in ePub format, making them useful for use on mobile or desktop devices.

If you are planning to travel soon or wish to take your students on a virtual tour of other destinations, these will be valuable tools!

Be sure to check out all the titles available from Hunter Publishing.

New Products in November 2016

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November finally brought winter to Colorado, blowing in several snow storms and sweater weather. November also brought over 300 new products from two new publishers and one of our most popular publishers.


Educational Books ‘n’ Bingo– 176 new titles

Educational Books ‘n’ Bingo added another LARGE portion of titles to their library here at Dedicated Teacher.  Once again, many of these titles you will recognize as they used to be available through a highly popular publisher named Educational Impressions.  More Story Element titles, Bingo titles galore and much much more.  Be sure to check out these top selling titles once again available in our eStore.

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Hunter Publishing – 139 new titles

Hunter Publishing was founded in 1985 and is among the top vendors of travel guides in the world. They are more in-depth than other guides, covering the history and culture of every destination, how to get there, how to get around, the activities in each area, from hiking, shopping, entertainment and river trips to exploring the historic sites. Details on the hotels and restaurants are included as well. From the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, South America and beyond, Hunter Travel Guides are the most in-depth source of travel information available.

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On The Mark Press  – 4 new titles

On The Mark Press finished uploading the series on Science.  Now this wonderful series had age appropriate lessons for grades 1-3

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Welcome Educational Books ‘n’ Bingo

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Educational Books ’n’ Bingo was founded by Rebecca Stark, author of approximately 40 high-quality resource books for elementary and middle- school teachers. These products have been utilized by educators throughout the United States and cover all areas of the curriculum: social studies, language arts, science, and math. All help develop important critical- and creative-thinking skills.

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*You might recongize these products.  They used to be available from one our former publishers, Educational Impressions.   Educational Impressions closed their doors back in June of this year.  We are SO excited to have these titles back in our eStore, as they were very popular.

Coming Soon… also available from Educational Books and Bingo

Rebecca Stark is also the creator of a line of 120 Bingo Books, which can be played with as few as two or as many as 30 students at a time. As the name implies, these are complete bingo games in a book. Included are 50 clue cards with 2 or 3 clues per card; 30 unique bingo sheets; a sheet of markers, and more. The Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Analogy Bingo Books for primary, elementary, and middle-grade classes provide a comprehensive introduction or review of the subject. The Math and Analogy Bingo Books also provide skill practice. The State Bingo Books, one for each of the 50 states, are appropriate for grades 4 and up.

Be sure to take a look at these wonderful products.  AND… stay tuned as we will be adding more titles very soon!

 

 

Welcome Kagan Publishing!

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We are so excited to welcome Kagan Publishing products to our eStore.  Kagan is all about engagement! You’ve probably heard of some popular Kagan Structures including Numbered Heads Together, RallyRobin, and Quiz-Quiz-Trade.

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Kagan Structures are now used world-wide from kindergarten to adult education, in all academic subject areas to boost student engagement and learning. Kagan Structures produce revolutionary positive results. Teachers, schools, and districts use Kagan Structures to increase academic achievement, enhance self-esteem, create a more harmonious classroom climate, reduce discipline problems, and develop students’ social skills and character virtues.

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Kagan Publishing offers products in a number of related topics relating to active student learning including, cooperative learning, brain-friendly instruction, Win-Win Discipline, classroom management, and more. While this organization has steadily over the past few decades, some things have not changed: the central role of Kagan Structures in Kagan’s trainings and publications and the firm commitment to and belief that, “It’s All About Engagement!”

Be sure to take a look at these top quality resources!

Top Publishers for Q2

Top Pubs Q2

These are your favorite Dedicated Teacher Publishers for the fourth quarter of 2015

1. Carson-Dellosa Publishing —Top Selling Titles

2. Scholastic Top Selling Titles

3. Teacher Created Resources Top Selling Titles

4. Evan Moor Educational Publishers Top Selling Titles

5. BMI Educational Services Top Selling Titles *Also check these titles distributed by BMI.

6. On The Mark Press Top Selling Titles *Also check these titles from S&S Learning distributed by On The Mark Press

7. Milliken Publishing  — Top Selling Titles *Owned by Lorenz Educational Press, which also distributes Teaching & Learning Co. products.

8. Chalkboard PublishingTop Selling Titles

9. Prestwick House —Top Selling Titles

10. Shell Education Top Selling Titles

See why these publishers are YOUR favorites.  *If you click on the name, you will see their newest products!

Teacher Appreciation Sale! Cause you’re the BEST!

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You work hard all year and this week in just for you!  Teacher Appreciation week is this week and some of our publishers want to thank YOU for all you do!  To do this, they are giving you amazing discounts on their products!

Educational Impressions 75% off all their products

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Ready-Ed Publications 50% off all their products

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Veronica Lane Books 50% off all their products

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Milliken Publishing 40% off all their products

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Lorenz Educational Press 40% off all their products

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The Teaching & Learning Company 40% off all their products

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TimeSavers for Teachers 25% off all their products

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Last minute arrival…

Wendy’s Bookmarks 20% off all their products

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BUT that’s NOT all!  All this week you will receive an additional 10%* off your entire purchase, that INCLUDES sale items!

Just use Coupon Code:  URBest2016

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Discount includes automatic 5%

Welcome Carlex, Inc

Dedicated Teacher would like to welcome Carlex Inc, to our eStore.  Carlex_actual

Carlex has been providing great French and Spanish products at competitive prices to teachers since 1989. We carry over 2000 wonderful products! Videos, games, maps, awards, books, flags, room decorations, posters, certificates, dictionaries, and much more. Many of our products are designed by teachers for teachers. We publish numerous items that language teachers have created and used in their classrooms.

They’ve started off with 11 of their best products and will be adding more titles soon!  Be sure to have a look at all their amazing resources for teaching Spanish and French Language skills to your students.
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Welcome TeachersKorner

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TeachersKorner was started in 2013 by two M.Ed. Mathematic educators who over the past 28 years have been highly successful in the classroom. With the introduction of CCSS and the supplied work materials, it was recognized that there was a need for better CCSS Math resources. Hearing the call of fellow math teachers for better and more effective CCSS resources, TeachersKorner was started. TeachersKorner today is fast becoming the go to resource for teachers wanting their students to succeed. TeachersKorner’s products are constantly praised for taking these difficult Math Common Core State Standards and breaking them down into Fun and Engaging visual lessons by ‘Showing the Instruction in Action.’ Teachers love the fact they can now reinforce their instruction letting students see and visualize how to approach, conceptualize, and conclude correct answers while using technology. Hands down, teachers tell us these digital PPT’s are among some of the best Math CCSS resources available.

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Welcome MLG Publishing

New-Publisher

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MLG publishes a range of learning materials written by teachers for teachers which you will find nowhere else. MLG resources are highly visual and tactile, sometimes slightly quirky, and ideally suited to active and lively multi-sensory approaches. They believe that learners learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning; when they are having fun; when they can forget they are learning. Learners of all ages often have a fear of speaking out in front of others, and of being wrong – with these engaging, nonthreatening resources they will lose their inhibitions. Their appealing and amusing cartoon-style pictures prompts – indeed, our whole approach – lend themselves to game-like activities that offer opportunities for repeated practice, keeping learners active, giving them a sense of progress and success and have proven worth also in improving their exam performance! Use as a central activity of the lesson – for presentation, practice, assessment, diagnosis and revision (and yes – a brilliant time filler or end of lesson treat!). For individual, pair, small group and whole class activities.

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