Personification Teacher Resources
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The meaning of personification is the focus of this language arts presentation. Upper elementary writers are exposed to the concept of personification, then practice implementing the technique by adding color to the sentence, "Leaves are falling from a tree."
Langston Hughes’ poem, Fall Leaves, provides the text for a personification identification worksheet. Pupils underline examples of this literary device and then write an explanation of how it is used in the poem.
Students view a piece of artwork and write a descriptive essay. In this composition lesson plan, students enter the phrase "A picture is worth 1,000 words" into their graphing calculator using the NoteFolio program. As a class, students write 1,000 words about the piece of artwork. Students write a brief monologue from the point of view of the image or object.
The second instructional activity of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and discussing literary elements such as imagery, tone, and personification. The final evaluation combines what pupils have learned about this poem, as well as the poem they studied in the previous instructional activity.
Introduce your class to figurative language and then ask them to hunt for examples in their reading. The hunt requires pupils to write down their sources, a quoted example for each type of figurative language, and what they think the examples means. They must find examples of: alliteration, hyperbole, idiom, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, and simile.
Play this slide show and then find out how much your class has learned with the included quiz. After jotting down the definitions of each term, class members label 10 examples with one of five terms: simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, or understatement. Encourage learners to use their notes as they work and keep an eye out for the particular examples that are harder to figure out. Show the last slide to check answers.
Reinforce understanding of five terms with a single-slide flow chart. Starting with the question, "Is it a comparison between two things?", the flow chart helps users figure out if what they are looking at is an example of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, understatement, or personification. Useful to put up on a screen while pupils are working, or to print out as a reference sheet; this resource will help those who are starting out with figurative language.
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.
Seventh graders discover the use of personification as a way of expressing ideals. In this Language Arts lesson plan, 7th graders create an allegorical depiction of a contemporary ideal. Students write labels that clearly support the concepts that informed their art making process.
Introduce your class to basic figurative language. The presentation covers simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. Learners can take notes and complete the practice activities included in the slide show. Particular emphasis is put on metaphor.
Introduce your class to poetic devices. The slide show includes information about imagery, simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and idioms. Links to additional PowerPoints and an online quiz are included at the end. This is fairly straighforward and would be useful for class notes.
Scholars demonstrate the ability to evaluate authors' use of literary elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, and onomatopoeia. They are provided with a checklist and must shop for poems that contain the poetry terms on their list. Poems can be posted around the room or in hallways. Learners are assessed on their accuracy in finding the literary terms on the checklist.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson plan, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.
Bring literary devices to life by listening to popular song clips and studying their lyrics.
Seriously, 93 slides of literary terms? Yes, and well worth the time, although perhaps not all at once. The beauty here is in the concise, easy-to-understand definitions for such well-known terms as imagery and personification, as well as for more esoteric terms such as enjambment and litotes. The color-coded examples are an added bonus.
Sure to engage your class in poetry, this resource requires them to identify, label, and explain poetic devices and figurative language used in Katy Perry's hit song "Firework". A well-organized page that chunks the lyrics so learners are able to more easily identify examples of devices such as metaphors, hyperbole, and alliteration. An answer key is provided with possible answers. A great way to get your class motivated about poetry! Check it out!
Get artsy with this WWII group activity, starting with a whole-class assignment. Create a map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific using geometric shapes cut from construction paper and placed on the floor. Consider splitting the class into 3 groups to ensure participation. After using the map to review country relationships, groups role play and personify various countries, sharing their feelings in first person. Finally, review which countries are allies.
What is figurative language, and why do we use it? Introduce your high schoolers to some examples and discuss the importance of including this element in your writing. After studying a text and searching for examples, writers will practice incorporating these into their own pieces.