Literary Analysis Guide

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Bare-bones literary resource with examples and explanations.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn literary devices for poetry, prose, and rhetoric. They can read about and see examples from literature. Sample literary analysis paragraphs are available for most devices, too, demonstrating how students would compose their own for other works. The examples included are from classic literature and, though they lack diversity, are great preparation for AP literature exams. Though Literary Analysis Guide might have limited appeal, it provides an interactive resource for kids to reference from a mobile device rather than a reference book.

Ease of Play

Easy-to-navigate reference app. No audio, only written definitions and descriptions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Literary Analysis Guide is a solid reference-style resource for literary devices. Examples offered are from literature targeted to a high school audience. Though nothing quoted is horribly graphic, there's still the satirical cannibalism of Swift's "A Modest Proposal" or Poe's cat hanging in "The Black Cat" and, of course, plenty of literary romance. The reference includes definitions and examples but no graphics or audio. No personal or location data is required, and the privacy policy is easy to read, but it doesn't detail the types of nonpersonal information that might be collected.

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What's it about?

Explore literary devices and techniques for poetry, prose, rhetoric, and figures of speech with LITERARY ANALYSIS GUIDE. Each genre has its own wheel with spokes for different devices specific to that genre. Poetry, for example, includes title, diction, syntax, meter, lines, and more; prose includes conflict, setting, characterization, and dialogue. Each category is explained and includes sample questions to better understand it in a piece of literature. Some include examples from literature or an annotated example.

Is it any good?

Though it doesn't have bells and whistles, this solid resource is a handy analysis tool for classic literature. The black-and-white, all-text interface has no audio, but it's packed with information. The breakdown of literary devices by genre looks cool and is significant, with the wheel showing how all the devices affect meaning. Students, especially those in AP lit courses, will appreciate the sample analysis and examples from literature for each device. It'd be nice to see more contemporary lit included or at least some diversity in authors. A search feature would be helpful as well.

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  • Families can talk about their favorite books and compare favorite parts.

  • Play word games incorporating literary devices such as rhyme, alliteration, or assonance for poetic fun.

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For kids who love reading and homework help

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