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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.
A reading of Theodore Roethke’s dark "Root Cellar" and Sylvia Plath’s more abstract "Mirror" launches a discussion of imagery and personification in poetry. After finding examples of personification in the poems, class members craft sentences using personification. Links to the poems are included.
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.
Students study personification and alliteration in various fiction texts. In this literary devices lesson, students use various texts to identify the literary devices of personification and alliteration. Students use examples of both devices in an original sentence and create an illustration for personification.
The fourth standard for reading literature in the Common Core calls for young readers to be able to determine the figurative and connotative meanings of words and phrases. Use this resource, a continuation of a series of Common Core lessons, to review idioms, personification, and other figurative language with your class. Start with two warm-up activities, one that focuses on idioms and one on personification, then move on to the two included multiple choice quizzes. Note: All of the activities provided here are ready to use without any supplementing required.
Ninth graders examine common Latin suffixes in order to make words easier to read and understand. In this text comprehension section, students study the use of hyperbole and personification while reading poetry excerpts. Finally, they add the terms to the class chart and play a Jeopardy type word game.
Fifth graders read opening pargraphs in their books and discuss with their peers the meaning of personification. They then identify three instances in the poem "Desert Tortoise" of similarities between humans and animals citing references in the poem and changing some of the words to complete with personification.
Fourth graders discuss prior knowledge of the terms simile, hyperbole, metaphor, and personification. They then listen to the definitions of each and write a hyperbole, personification, simile, and metaphor to describe a Mr. Potato Head doll to make him more interesting.