Mood is a literary device authors use to evoke feelings within their readers. They create mood with their setting and character descriptions, tone and diction, or word choice. More »

To teach tone and mood in literature, utilize word activities based on the type of literature or write prompts that allow students to create their own tone and mood examples. Use song selections, poetry, short stories or... More »

In literature, symbolism refers to using specific symbols to help represent something else, whether it is an idea or quality. Through this literary element, the different symbols allow readers to better understand and in... More »

Foreshadowing is presenting an omen or sign of a future event to let readers know something is going to happen. This literary device allows the writer to reveal just enough information about an event to keep the reader i... More » Education Writing Literary Writing

A book title should intrigue your readers, pique their curiosity and make them want to read your book. It also should have some relationship to the book's subject. Many authors accomplish this by writing both a title and... More » Education Writing Literary Writing

Reader-response theory is a type of theory in which the readers' feedback or reaction to the text is vital to the interpretation of it. According to the Poetry Foundation, this theory considers the text as having no mean... More »

In writing, the controlling idea conveys the author’s opinions and feelings about a particular topic. The controlling idea serves as an emotional foreshadow by introducing the point of view of an author and, in turn, set... More »