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Plath, Personification, and Figurative Language in "Mirror"
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.
This presentation describes personification. After a definition and some examples, class members practice by identifying personification in a few sentences and then writing their own sentences using personification.
Personification poems can get students writing and thinking poetically.
Fifth graders define personification. In this language arts instructional activity, 5th graders read several examples of personification and discuss why they are examples of personification. Students read poetry and underline any examples of personification they can find.
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.
Review of Personification and Alliteration
Students study personification and alliteration in various fiction texts. In this literary devices instructional activity, 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.
Review of Personification and Alliteration
Students review personification and alliteration. In this literary devices instructional activity, students use personification and alliteration in a sentence. Students draw a picture reflecting personification.
Young readers listen to the story The Three Little Pigs, and discuss what abnormal characteristics the pigs and the wolf have. They relate these characteristics to personification, and practice writing sentences using personification.
Students create a clay object in which they are to personify. They use their own personal experiences to help the viewer imagine what it would be like to be that particular object. They also watch videos of fables to help them with personification.
Use of Personification and Imagery in Poetry
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.
Learners define or tell what personification is. They look at given sentences and describe the object being personified. Students write simple sentences using personification.
Personification in Poetry
Students explore the use of personification in published poetry and write a poem using personification. They use clay animation to produce a short video of their poem. Students analyze the use of personification in literature.
Students explore personification. In this figurative language lesson, students discover how to human qualities or characteristics to an animal or thing as they participate in activities and use personification in their writing.
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.
Similes, Metaphors, and Personification
Eighth graders explore figurative language, specifically focusing on similes, metaphors and personification. They work on the web to identify poems that demonstrate simile, metaphor, and personification, then analyze how it enhances that particular poem.
Figures of Speech: Quiz 2
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.
Metaphors, Personifications, Similes, and Hyperboles
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.
Goddesses Are Personifications Too!
Seventh graders discover the use of personification as a way of expressing ideals. In this Language Arts lesson, 7th graders create an allegorical depiction of a contemporary ideal. Students write labels that clearly support the concepts that informed their art making process.
Goddesses are Personifications Too!
Students analyze the use of personification in classical Greek art and the Neoclassical period. In this Neoclassical art lesson, students discuss the cultural values reflected in classical and Neoclassical. Students define a core value and pick something to personify in art. Students create a depiction the personification and write a label for their work of art like one they would see in a museum.
Setting the Tone with Figurative Language
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the instructional activity 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.