“It’s Onomatopoeia, Mom!”—Using Children’s Stories to Teach Literary Devices
by Adam Andrews | Jun 14, 2017
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 each and 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.
Adam Andrews is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. Since 2003 he has traveled throughout the US and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis. Adam’s dynamic presentations enable students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents with new vision for their task as educators. Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville, Washington. He and his wife, Missy, who holds degrees from Hillsdale College and Harrison Middleton University, taught all of their children at home in Rice, Washington.