Oxymoron Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: L.9-10.5.A

Core Standard

Oxymorons are figures of speech that contain words that are completely contradictory to one another. They are often two-word phrases. For example, when you are at the grocery store have you seen jumbo shrimp? Shrimp is the name of name of a crustacean, but it is also a slang term we use to refer to something that is very small. In literature oxymorons are often used to heighten drama or add a little comedy to a story. They are commonly used in both poetry and prose. You also find them more commonly used in written language, since they can be confusing when trying to communicate verbally. In this collection of worksheets students will identify and write their own oxymorons.









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