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What will your class members see in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"? After reading the poem, learners engage in a Socratic seminar prompted by the provided questions. Individuals then create an illustration, focusing on the personification and figurative language in the poem, and share their interpretations with the class.
Tenth graders analyze the use of figurative language and themes used in selected poems and prose. They read four different literature works and define various literary devices such as symbolism, metaphor, personification, and simile. Learners also identify examples of the figurative language and devices used in the works. Lastly, they discuss the theme of each work and the universality of the themes.
When is a staple remover a fanged monster? In your ELA classroom when you're teaching this fun figurative language lesson, of course! Get your young writers using figurative language by making a game of it. Give groups a paper bag full of commonplace objects,, and have them describe them using figurative language. Afterward, other groups will try to guess what is being described. A graphic organizer and modeling make this activity accessible. Teach this lesson in conjunction with Langston Hughes' poem "Passing Love" or another poem heavy in figurative language.
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language.
Eighth graders recognize the importance and function of figurative language. Students review the terms metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification. They recognize them in text, use them in their writing and explain their importance for establishing the author's tone, shaping the plot and appealing to the senses.
Six types of figurative language (simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia) are the focus of a PowerPoint that defines and offers color-coded examples of these terms. Consider expanding the presentation by asking viewers to craft examples of each term.
Students interpret figurative language. For this language lesson, students are read the poem "I Love the Look of Words" by Maya Angelou and are to find examples of hyperbole and personification in the poem. Students then rotate among three small groups to complete activities that practice interpreting figurative language.
Using the poems "First Snow" by Ted Kooser and "Eating Alone" by Yi-Young Lee (or other suggested poems by Robert Frost or Sara Teasdale), middle schoolers search for examples of figurative language. Guide your learners by discussing what poetry is. Explore tone, imagery, and metaphor in the poems selected. A detailed plan is available if you click view under "Instructional Procedures."
Identify and analyze the use of figurative language used in select pieces of writing. These pieces of literature will represent at least two pieces by one writer and at least two pieces by different writers. This lesson would be a great way to reinforce citing textual evidence to demonstrate understanding.
Viewers are asked to identify the figurative language used in Stephen Vincent Benet’s poem, “The Ballad of William Sycamore,” and William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” Preview to make sure the interactive elements of the presentation work with your equipment.
Pupils are introduced to the poetic works of Kechia Williams and the different elements of poetry. They explore figurative language and rhythm. Next, learners read poems from various poets and share with the class one of their favorite poems. A graphic organizer is included for practice organizing the elements of a poem.
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore. They write, collaborate, revise, and submit their creation to the instructor. Modification can be made to have your middle schoolers create a visual representation of their theme or, instead of a written assessment, the class can present their findings through a poetry slam.
Meet with the school library specialist and work together to plan a visit and presentation on figurative language. After defining and examining examples of targeted terms, the class travels to the library where the SL has collected picture books that feature the targeted terms. The SL models finding an example of figurative language and learners use a graphic organizer to record examples they find with their partner.
Ninth graders discover Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For this drama lesson, 9th graders read the second scene of the second act of the play and watch film versions of the play. Students paraphrase Shakespeare's words using today's English and present the scene for their classmates.
This is a very much detailed five-day plan on writing portrait poems. Throughout, class members review figurative language and work systematically to develop their poems. The teacher provides rubrics for the poem as well as a portrait they create in art class. It is supposed to reveal significant characteristics of the person they select as their subject. The lesson relates to the children's book Grandpa's Face by Floyd Cooper, but it is not integral. Related materials may not be accessible.