I guess you could say I am a bit of a word nerd. Ever since I took AP English in high school I have never been the same. While I am not the perfect English critique, I become very annoyed at the blatantly obvious grammatical and mechanical errors that people make in their writing. My husband laughs at me because as I sit at my computer doing work for my online classes I start muttering about so-and-so’s improper grammar or spelling. I know we all make mistakes. Really. I know I do it too, but hopefully you never catch me!
One of my favorite things about English, though, are the literary devices! I might not have liked them quite so much when I had to memorize them in high school, but I think they are so fun and add a lot to writing. Most people know what the major literary devices are, such as a metaphor, imagery or anecdotes. What about the uncommon ones, such as anastrophy, malapropism and polysyndeton?
Because I think literary devices are so much fun, I thought it would be fun to use them for a meal-time game. It would be a way of having a few laughs as well as a good learning opportunity for the whole family! Just print out the words and definitions and then play this game verbal-Apples-To-Apples style!
If you want to make this even more fun you could make it a specially one-day-a-week kind of deal, and go all out. Serve alphabet soup and make some letter-shaped sugar cookies for dessert! You could even play a game of Scrabble after the meal is cleaned up!
1. One person draws a word from a jar/bowl/hat etc. They read the word and definition (with example) and then they become the judge.
2. The players come up with their own example of the literary device, and try to be as silly as possible with their example.
3. Everyone takes turns sharing their example of the literary device, while the one who read the word that round judges who has the best example.
4. Keep track of points for the Word Champion of the night, or just enjoy a few laughs together.
Definition: The repetition of the first letter or sound in two or more words in a line or phrase:
Example: “My sister Susie sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Player 1: Bible bashing causes badly broken bones.
Player 2: Autumn always arrives after August.
Player 3: Lucy loves laughing like a lunatic.
The reader then decided which player has the best example of “alliteration” .
I hope you enjoy your literally literary lunch (or dinner)!