Adam Andrews

“It’s Onomatopoeia, Mom!” Using Children’s Stories to Teach Literary Devices

By: Adam Andrews


Juxtaposition, metaphor, symbolism, irony, foreshadowing – HELP! Parents often avoid the subject of literature because of the intimidating vocabulary of literary analysis. The truth is, you don’t need a college degree in literature to understand this vocabulary; what you need is a well-written children’s story. Adam takes the audience on a guided tour of literary devices, making discerning literary analysts out of every audience member. Doing the same with your own children couldn’t be easier, but beware. Soon, they will be finding onomatopoeia everywhere they look.