Product Review of Literary Analysis Guide
Explore literary devices and techniques for poetry, prose, rhetoric, and figures of speech. Each genre has its own wheel with spokes for different devices specific to that genre moving out of the core meaning and style. Poetry, for example, includes title, diction, syntax, meter, lines, and more, while prose includes conflict, setting, characterization, and dialogue. Each category is explained and includes sample questions to help better understand it in a piece of literature. Some include examples from literature or an annotated example.
The Literary Analysis Guide is a great tool for AP learners to use as a review to prepare for the AP exam. AP lit teachers could recommend it to learners for individual study or incorporate it into lessons to offer examples from literature for specific literary devices or use the model paragraphs to show learners how to write a literary analysis.
Classic literature doesn’t need bells and whistles, and neither does this solid resource. 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.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Black-and-white text with no images provides lots of information but little pizzazz.
Curriculum and Instruction
Literary devices are explained, demonstrated, and analyzed through the interactive resource, but most works are older classics with little diversity.
Resource is cataloged well but has no way to search and no way to mark favorites for easy future reference.