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Define figures of speech with your high schoolers. They listen to you read aloud the Alice Walker poem "Did This Happen to Your Mother? Did Your Sister Throw Up a Lot?" Then they identify and analyze any figures of speech found in the reading. An essay writing prompt and a rubric are included. Designed for use with Texas Instruments learning tools, but it is easily usable with no such technology.
Hyperbole, simile, metaphor, and personification are spotlighted on an online/interactive quiz. Test takers read short passages and then identify the figures of speech used.
After creating a booklet illustrating and explaining a variety of figures of speech, your class will use examples of simile, alliteration, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, and symbolism to develop a slide show in small groups.
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Provide your class with a quick and simple introduction to different figures of speech. Just the basics are covered here: simile, metaphor, and personification. What's especially great are the quick checks to ensure your class is understanding what they're learning.
In this interpreting the meanings of figures of speech instructional activity, students read sentences containing figures of speech, which are underlined, and write their meanings. Students write six answers.
In this figures of speech worksheet, students read the sentences and then write down what they think the underlined figure of speech means.
In this grammar worksheet, learners examine underlined figures of speech in 6 sentences. They write down what the figure of speech means on the blank lines under each sentence.
In this figures of speech activity, students read the sentences with the figures of speech in each sentence. Students then write down what they think the underlined figure of speech means.
Investigate with your class how similes are figures of speech that use the words as and like as visual terms. They use this knowledge to complete a worksheet where they write some similes of their own. Be sure to download the attached file "Similar Similes Teacher Introduction Lesson..." featured at the bottom of the page.
Readers analyze figurative language in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 with four text examples from part two. They identify each example as simile, metaphor, or personification, and analyze the comparison that was made. Resource includes definitions of each figure of speech.
In order to read and respond to Toni Morrison's A Mercy in this figurative-language instructional activity, learners discuss the differences between a literal and a figurative interpretation of a text. They explore figures of speech using a Visual Thesaurus, and keep a log of figurative language used by Morrison throughout the text.
In this figurative language worksheet, students examine Shakespeare's use of imagery in "Macbeth" as they read 7 excerpts from the play paying attention to the underlined figures of speech in order to identify the figure speech and comment on its imagery.
What do figures of speech have to do with financial literacy? Take an interdisciplinary look at The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money to find out. Young analysts read about the cubs' spendthrift ways and how Mama and Papa Bear teach them to save money. They explore figures of speech and create "critter banks" in which they begin to save both coins and interesting language.
Readers analyze figurative language in William Golding's Lord of the Flies with four text examples from chapter one. They identify each example as a simile, metaphor, or example of personification, and analyze the comparison that was made. Resource includes definitions of each figure of speech.
Third graders listen to the non-fiction book: COMING HOME: FROM THE LIFE OF LANGSTON HUGHES. They identify examples of metaphors and similies within the book and understand how this figure of speech is used in writing. They then create examples themselves of metaphors and similes.
Based on books written by Fred Gwynne, particularly A Little Pigeon Toad, this resource connects the language of idioms and figures of speech with visuals that make explicit the often humorous connections between the literal and figurative meanings. Learners create pictures to illustrate idioms. Comes with a useful list of nearly 70 idioms in American English and links to handy, relevant resources.
Use this basic six-item sheet to review meanings of common idioms in English. Idioms are underlined in sentences provided; learners need to write the meaning of each on the lines below.
Students research online the meaning of metaphor, simile and extended metaphor by finding songs and poems with such meanings. In this language arts instructional activity, students report their discovery of metaphor and simile to the class. They work in groups of four and explore different websites to find lyrics containing these meaning.
Give your learners quick definitions of simile, metaphor, and analogy. As the first slide in this PowerPoint suggests, you can use the presentation as a warm-up and have scholars record the words and their meanings in a Literary Terms notebook. Terms can be discussed in more depth with a reading of your choice. Another approach would be to introduce your class to important figures of speech, a few terms at a time.