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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to read and respond to Toni Morrison's A Mercy in this figurative-language lesson plan, students 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.
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.
This slide show on figures of speech includes definitions, images, and examples from real texts for several common terms: metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, irony, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and imagery. The presentation is colorful, easy to read, and omits any distracting animations. Use it to introduce or review literary terms with your class, and consider creating a guide for learners to follow along with.
If used as part of an exploration of figures of speech, this short presentation defining similes, metaphors, and analogies could be used as a review tool in an English classroom. A teacher could augment this resource with more examples of literary terms and definitions. The slides give examples of a simile, metaphor, and analogy with explanations of each; however, there is a bit too much information on each slide.
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.