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Shakespearean Soliloquy Fluency: A Close Reading and Analysis of "To be or not to be"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Hamlet's famous soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. Assuming the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, and others, learners deliver a line from...
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Illuminated Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" serves as a model for a poetry analysis activity. The whole class critiques the sample and then groups select a poem and prepare a PowerPoint presentation in which they illustrate how their poet...
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Learning to Hate Math

For Students 9th - 12th
Give your class a different kind of reading assignment with the text included here. Anne Miller's essay "Learning to Hate Mathematics" details a hatred of math that grew from early childhood and still haunts the author today. After...
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Details, Details, Details

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Writing can become one-dimensional if authors don't involve all their senses. First, scholars observe a strange object which, ideally, they can touch and even smell. Without using certain words (you can create a list or have the class...
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Lesson: Mixing Metaphors across Current Events and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue...
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Poetry Shopping Spree

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Musical Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Introduce your middle and high school writers to musical poetry. They explore the six poetic devices, and locate the poetic devices in various music lyrics. Next, they choose one of the devices to teach to the class using an example they...
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Figurative Language

For Students 7th - 9th
After reading a short passage that defines simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idiom, analogy, and alliteration, class members examine cards that include a definition, an illustration, and a sentence example of...
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Figurative Language Examples

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Cards featuring the figurative language terms simile, idiom, personification, hyperbole, metaphor, and onomatopoeia are illustrated with humorous photos or illustrations and a sample sentence.
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The Call of the Wild: Symbols and Metaphors

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Take a close look at a specific passage in The Call of the Wild about the song of the huskies and discuss how this passage is related to metaphor and theme. Stay on the topic of metaphor and symbolism with a brief writing assignment. The...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Examine figurative language through the words of Ursula K. Le Guin in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea. The fifth instructional activity in a series of ten, the steps listed here ask pupils to go back into the text and find a striking...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Play a figurative language game! Starting with a review of terms, this presentation quickly launches into a quiz game with hyper-linked answers. Simply click an answer to find out if it's wrong or right. The option to try again is always...
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How to Identify Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Reinforce understanding of five literary terms with a single-slide flow chart. Learners figure out if various words and phrases are examples of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, understatement, or personification. 
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Figurative Language - Figuring it Out

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
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,...
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Revisiting Big Metaphors and Themes: Revising and Beginning to Perform Two-Voice Poems

For Teachers 5th Standards
Now that your class has read all of Esperanza Rising, take the time to tackle big metaphors and themes. Pupils will participate in an activity called Chalk Talk, in which they circulate around the room in small groups and add comments to...
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Characters Changing Over Time (Chapter 10: "Las Papas/Potatos")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate...
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Point of View: Comparing Esperanza's and Isabel's Perspectives About Life in the Camp (Chapter 7: "Las Cebollas/Onions")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Explore point of view and more with a Common Core-designed instructional activity. Learners experience different points of view by representing one of two characters from Esperanza Rising during a partner discussion. They must use...
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Using Words: Verbal Communication

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Written and verbal communication is the topic for today. The class goes over various facets of verbal communication, such as plain English, active voice, passive voice, cliché, and jargon. They then use those devices as they discuss...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore literary devices and figurative language using higher level examples. The 33 slides here define common types of figurative language (like simile, metaphor, personification, etc.), and then focus on specific examples in...
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Simile and Metaphor- Poetry Toolbox

For Students 4th - 6th
Illustrate the connection between using figurative language (specifically similes and metaphors) and creating poetry. First this learning exercise reviews the definition for each, and then writers create the endings to two examples...
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Elements of Style: Literary Devices

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as...
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Lesson: More than Brushing my Teeth

For Teachers K - 5th
Humor can often be found in everyday life. Young analysts critically examine a sculpture and apply what they discuss to their own life experiences. They perform skits of daily activities, such as brushing their teeth. Next, they make a...
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Figures of Speech: Quiz 2

For Students 7th - 12th
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.
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Poetry Notes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Break this presentation into two or three days so as not to overwhelm your kids. Fifty-four slides is a lot of slides, but the PowerShow is well-organized, and terms are defined clearly and illustrated in examples provided. A general...
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Cricket Song: Special Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Cricket Song is a story that describe the world of slavery through the eyes of a small child. Vivid language and sensory detail are there for the taking as your class uses the rich language to inspire their writing. They read the story...
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Literary Terms

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
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...
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Collection 7 Test Review

For Students 7th - 9th
Though designed to be taken after reading a series of short stories, this grammar review can be used anytime to review parts of speech, types of sentences, and how to combine short sentences. Great practice for writers of all ages!
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Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet

For Students 8th - 10th
Shakespeare was such a talented writer, but why? It must be his use of figurative language, blended with his clever, twisting plots. This worksheet focuses on his use of metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, and hyperbole within...
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Fun With Poetry!

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Here's a fun way to introduce your young poets to literary terms associated with poetry. Colorful and filled with examples that illustrate the terms and their definitions, the entire presentation could be used at the beginning of a unit,...
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What is a Metaphor?

For Students 6th - 8th
The use of metaphors really paints a picture in the reader's mind. Get your class using metaphors in their writing by studying them first. This worksheet has four simple metaphors, and the reader must identify which two things are being...
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"Shooting An Elephant": George Orwell's Essay on His Life in Burma

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school readers examine George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" for examples of symbolism, metaphor, connotation, and irony. They analyze how these literary tools convey the writer's main point and contribute to the persuasive...
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Figures of Speech Slide Show

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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A Theme Is...

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Colorful contemporary images contained in a PowerPoint presentation will capture the attention of class members and model for them the how to distinguish between the subject and the theme of a work. A great want to introduce this...
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Figurative Language #2

For Students 9th
Identify figurative language in sentences that have been pulled out of a text. Looking at the sentence independently, can you tell which technique is being used? How do you know? Ninth graders look at 10 sentences that show simile,...
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Metaphors

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Metaphors open doors to descriptive language for your poets. They read the poem "What is the Sun" and record all the metaphors they find. Then, scholars change one of them to a simile. After answering two more comprehension questions,...
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Poetry Terms

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Give your emerging poets a topic (or have them choose one themselves), and have them play with different poetic devices. They work on alliteration, rhyme, metaphor, personification, simile and onomatopoeia. Consider having them choose...
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Reading a Classic Novel

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Charles Dickens offers an excellent example of sensory writing in this reading comprehension worksheet. Learners read excerpts from the novel Hard Times in which he describes the New England industrial city of Coketown. They consider why...
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Lights, Camera, Action: Unit 1 Task 4

For Teachers 7th Standards
Seventh graders begin prepping for a final project that will result in a collaborative 3-5 minute skit. They begin by reading and researching multiple aspects of one of three Civil Rights events; Ruby Bridges, Greensboro Sit it, or the...
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Elements of Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Prepare your learners to identify figurative language in poetry. Tips for reading poetry and what to look for are listed on these slides. Rhetorical devices are defined and plenty of examples are given. 
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A Lucky Break

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore idioms with a chicken theme! Consider doing these activities prior to Thanksgiving, as there's a section about wishbones! First your youngsters will match a short list of idioms with their meanings. Then, give each learner the...
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Figurative Language iMovie

For Teachers 5th
In order to understand figurative language, learners read 5 poems, each exemplifying a different literary device. They discuss and write responses to each poem. They then choose one literary device which they will use as the basis for a...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Poetry Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Consisting of a thorough and straightforward list of poetry terminology, the first part of this presentation would be a good introduction to a poetry unit, or a review for an upcoming poetry project. The list of terms is quite extensive,...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Give your learners definitions of rhetorical devices such as simile and onomatopoeia. After each definition there are examples. Animated pictures make this presentation fun and interesting; the last few slides have pictures but no...
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The Function of Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore concepts of audience, purpose and symbols in this lesson from Media Smarts that asks students to consider all the functions of music. Through a series of discussions and activities, your class will brainstorm possible functions...
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Spinelli's Maniac Magee (excerpt): Reading and Critical Thinking Practice

For Students 4th - 6th
A brief, dialogue-rich passage from Jerry Spinelli's novel Maniac Magee is accompanied by a well-written literacy assessment tool. Thematic content lends itself to age-appropriate discussions about race relations and social justice....
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Chasing Metaphors

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students use metaphors in order to see commonly experienced objects, events, and people in new and more meaningful ways.
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Introducing Metaphors Through Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine a series of poems containing metaphors and with each poem, the lesson progresses in difficulty addressing all skill levels. How metaphors are used in literature and what makes it an effective tool is explored in this...
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"Leap, Plashless": Emily Dickinson & Poetic Imagination

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read and explore one of Emily Dickinson's nature poems, "A Bird Came Down the Walk-" through interaction with a variety of art forms. Clips of a hymn to hear meter and the viewing of bird images exposes them to the language and...
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Simile and Metaphor

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle schoolers use context clues to find the figurative meaning of similes and metaphors in writing. They practice using figurative language to help their writing come alive. Use this activity in a lesson about poetry, figurative...
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Humor Theories

For Teachers Higher Ed
Providing ample examples of humor in literature, psychology, and sociology, this presentation studies the concept and function of humor in society today. Covering what is classically "funny" and what is not, and why, the slideshow will...
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Understand Figurative Language: "Needle in a Haystack"

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Finding a good lesson on idioms is like finding a needle in a haystack! This instructional video series touches on a selection of idioms and will help your class gain a better understanding of this type of figurative language. Before...
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Metaphor & Simile in Song

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
After studying metaphors in written text, transfer your learners' knowledge to song! Have each learner bring in a song that uses metaphors and/or similes, and play these examples for the class. Can the other learners identify the...
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On the Hunt: Understanding Figurative Language

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young writers hunt for examples of figurative language in their reading. The hunt requires pupils to cite  their sources, record a quoted example for each type of figurative language, and an explanation of what they think the examples...
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Go Figure! Poetic Devices

For Teachers 6th - 9th
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...
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Figurative Language Worksheet

For Students 7th - 11th
What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor? How could you change a simile into a metaphor? Using any book, readers note a simile and a metaphor on the graphic organizer. Once they have determined the literal meaning, they...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 10th
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....
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Poetry: It's Rhyme Time!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Define poetic devices and provide examples. The slides list information for rhyme, repetition, alliteration, simile, metaphor, free verse poetry, onomatopoeia, and patterned poetry.  The animation and sounds are a bit distracting, and...
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Metaphors with Energy

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders choreograph a metaphor dance using a metaphor they created and interpreting it. In this metaphor lesson plan, 5th graders perform smooth and sharp movements.
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 10th - 11th
I have a pair of ducks; one can’t swim. Viewers are introduced to several literary terms (paradox, oxymoron, pun, irony, etc.) that are defined and illustrated with examples. Then they are asked to identify the figurative language used...
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Romeo Meets Juliet

For Students 8th - 9th
As your class reads Romeo and Juliet, slow them down for Act II, scene ii. Have them read the excerpt (provided here) and answer the questions that follow. Readers study the language, the structure of their speech, and the dramatic irony...
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I Am, Am Not! Project

For Students 5th - 7th
Get your class writing with this project idea. Kids choose two pictures of objects that are like them and two pictures of objects that are not like them to entice their readers. Then, they write an informative paragraph describing each...
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What is Figurative Language?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Need a review of literary terms and figurative language? Although text heavy, these slides clearly define frequently used terms and provide color-coded examples.
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A Lesson on Metaphors and Metaphorical Vocabulary

For Teachers 4th - 7th
After creating a list of five of their favorite nouns, middle schoolers use a simple formula (noun + the verb is + noun + a high level verb) to create a series of metaphors and share them the class. Class members then apply what they...
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Literary Techniques

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Need to review literary terms/techniques with your class? The slides in this presentation define and give examples of 22 common literary terms. The PowerPoint could be used for AP test prep.
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Poetic Devices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Alliteration, allusion, assonance? Need a quick review of poetic devices? The slides in this presentation offer concise definitions of major poetic terms. Because few examples are provided, you could enliven the presentation with tongue...
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Metaphors in Context

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Do your class members know where the phrase "raining cats and dogs" come from? They will after viewing a presentation about metaphors. The concise definitions and clear examples make for a strong introduction to this element of...
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Deciphering the Mechanics of Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 9th
After a review of poetic terms, groups are given an object and they create a poem using a simile, a metaphor, internal rhyme, end rhyme, alliteration, and personification. Groups then exchange objects and repeat the process. Consider...
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Snappy Solutions, Sizzling Sentences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
An examination of the figurative language in Gwendolyn Brooks’ To Young Readers challenges your writers to think about the richness of language. Ask your class why Brooks says, “Good books are bandages.” This discussion of alliteration,...
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Metaphor Hunt

For Students 4th - 5th
“Mom said I was a sheepdog…” After reading a brief definition of metaphor, readers are directed to underline all the examples of this type of figurative language found in a short passage about getting a haircut. An answer sheet is included.
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Figures of Speech

For Teachers 7th - 10th
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...
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Focus on Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th Standards
Using the poems "First Snow" by Ted Kooser and "Eating Alone" by Yi-Young Lee (or other suggested poems by Robert Frost or Sara Teasdale), middle schoolers search for examples of figurative language. Guide your learners by discussing...
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Latino Literature: Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Under construction, this lesson plan focuses on Canto Familia, a collection of poetry about Gary Soto's experiences growing up in California's Imperial Valley. Representative of the experiences of many Latinos, the poems also address...
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Academic Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Arm your writers with an arsenal of literary terms. With definitions of everything from plot structure and figurative language to point-of-view and types of irony, learners will gain an understanding of elements in stories and be able to...
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Two Sides to Every Story: Task 1 Day 2

For Teachers 7th Standards
Before they can compare and contrast various perspectives of a single historical event, they need to read and analyze each text. Seventh graders read "It Happened In Montgomery: For Rosa Parks," fill out a graphic organizer, and write a...
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Lots of Lessons from Aesop

For Teachers 5th
Aesop’s Fables offer young learners an opportunity to study figurative language. After reviewing theme, simile, alliteration, and metaphor, model for your pupils how to identify examples of these devices in the fable. Class members then...
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Writing With All Your Senses

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
If you're looking to get your budding novelists writing with all five senses, this may be a good place to start. First, learners describe a strange object without saying any overused description words (ideally, there would be a list of...
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Tall Tales: Larger Than Life Stories

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Review the elements of tall tales with your class. Take a look at their genesis and purpose. Different types of figurative language found in tall tales are included such as hyperbole, simile, and metaphor. Before reading an American tall...
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CTBS Reading Practice #2

For Students 7th - 9th
This is a basic reading comprehension practice worksheet. Learners read 3 passages: folktale, Richard Cory, and an informational text about the Roosevelts. They then answer multiple choice questions that test reading comprehension. Some...
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Poetry Writing Practice

For Students 8th - 9th
In this poetry writing worksheet, students identify the topic, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, and alliteration in a poem. Students fill out this information in a given diagram.
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What is Language?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Intended to be used along with the first chapter of An Introduction to Language textbook, this PowerPoint is full of linguistic terminology that is not necessarily explained. This tool can be used to complement a lecture or a text, but...
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Similes and Metaphors

For Teachers 5th
Reward your class with tasty treats while teaching them about simile and metaphor. After a teacher demo and explanation of simile and metaphor, pupils read books, looking for examples of these literary devices and copying them down....
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Like Water for Chocolate Guided Reading Worksheet

For Students 10th
Planning a novel unit on Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel? If so, this comprehensive guided reading worksheet might appeal to you. Steer readers through the entire novel with a routine of comprehension questions and analysis...
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Metaphor

For Teachers 9th - 11th
High schoolers identify the distinction between literal and figurative language with a focus on metaphors. They complete a metaphor analysis chart, then practice expanding metaphors by composing their own comparisons of elements of the...
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Using Similes and Metaphors in Poetry

For Teachers 5th - 12th
The use of similes and metaphors will become more clear and your students will gain knowledge and comprehend the meanings of the words with these activities. They compose interesting similes and metaphors based on visual prompts and...
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Learning Intentions

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What a helpful resource! This presentation could be used to review literary terms in the classroom. Learners view a series of slides defining the meaning of terms, such as personification, imagery, similes, metaphors, and alliteration....
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Test Review Sheet:

For Students 8th
Though this assignment addresses two specific stories, the vocabulary and literary terms would be useful for any literary analysis lesson. Use the worksheet as a quiz or homework assignment to study characterization (dynamic and static)...
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Literary Terms: Allegory

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Confused why a book about a third grade class is referring to outer space? The paragraph you're reading might be an allegory. The slide in this PowerPoint gives a detailed definition, as well as an example of an allegory. Tip: Assign...
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Understand Figurative Language: "On Thin Ice"

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Next time you need a lesson on figurative language, don't find yourself on thin ice. Using cartoons and clear explanations, this resource will offer a review of the concept of idioms as well as explain the meaning of the idiom, "on thin...
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Figurative Language: Farenheit 451

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Literary Terms

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Very basic definitions are given for 17 terms including atmosphere, characterization, and theme, as they relate to literature. Examples are given for some definitions, but they aren't taken from stories or specific texts. 
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Figures of Speech Presentation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Animal Self-portrait Mosaics: A Visual Arts Elective

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Out-lined here is a two-week procedure that has the class creating ceramic animal tiles that are metaphorical representations of their own personalities. They discuss animal images found throughout history, what they mean, metaphor, and...
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Haiku Wrap Up

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students create a haiku about the land formations they've studied.  In this haiku lesson, students identify the metaphor and meaning of a given haiku, brainstorm comparisons for a landform photo as a class and choose one to use in a...
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Express Yourself!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders read a poem.  In this figurative language lesson, 6th graders identify figurative language in sentences, read the poem Winter Dark and identify the figurative language, and meet with their literature circle groups.
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Identifying Figurative Language #1

For Students 4th - 6th
In this identifying types of figurative language worksheet, students read sentences and phrases, determine if they are similes, metaphors, hyperboles, personifications, or a combination, identify the type/s and write an explanation of...
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Poems About Melons

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Young scholars read poems about melons.  In this poetry lesson, students read the poems and interpret their meanings.  Young scholars look for poetry elements such as personification and metaphors in the poem.
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What is a Memorial

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how we remember and honor people in special ways. In this memorial lesson, students read poems and discuss their emotions. Students view pictures taken at memorial services and discuss what some symbols have come to...
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About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Image as Metaphor

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students define metaphor in both art and writing. In this metaphor activity, students examine a photograph by Dorothea Lange and discuss the metaphor that is displayed in the picture. They write about an object that symbolizes a personal...
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I Have a Metaphor

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Learners locate the literary devices used in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. For this figurative language lesson plan, students first distinguish between similes, metaphors, analogies, personification, etc. Learners...
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Get A Life

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the definition and derivation of the popular saying "get a life." Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the phrase when used in varying contexts. They also consider the dervation of each...
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In Your Dreams

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners explore the definition and derivation of the popular saying "in your dreams." Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the phrase when used in varying contexts. They also consider the derivation of...
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Abbreviations As Words

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Learners explore the definition and derivation of the popular usage of abbreviations in the English language. Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the abbreviation "prenup" when used as an word. They...
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Breath as Metaphor - Poetry Exercise

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are required to critically read two poems, answer factual questions concerning the pieces, and then discuss the different uses of breath as a metaphor. They use the samples as a starting point for their own creative efforts.
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- Making Metaphors with Munchies

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students brainstorm independently first, then ask their best friend on the team, or seat partners, depending on the year & student mix, to add to their list of personal characteristics and/or to name three words they think of...
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Ethan Frome

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers can earn up to 50 points in Section I "C" Level. They can earn up to 10 points in Section "B" where students can complete only one activity. High schoolers can earn a maximum of 20 points in Section "A" activities.
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Cluing into Symbols Robert Frost

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students use the Internet and video to discover how find evidence in poetry in order to discover the theme(s) of the poems. They are able to define poetic devices like simile, metaphor and repetition. Students identify themes in...
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Language Arts: Stylistic Devices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers are able to define given literary terms, such as metaphor, simile, imagery, personification, symbolism, etc. They are able to identify the use of literary elements in a given text. Students are able to interpret weather...
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Arts: Cartoons and Symphony

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create stories inspired by musical works and illustrate them in cartoon style. They listen to the musical selection twice, beginning a draft of their story on second hearing. Students write original dialogue for the comics they...
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A Sense of Place

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read "Fish Tale: Falling For a Live One" from The New York Times and discuss the methods and techniques the writer uses to create a strong mental image. Students pick a place in their community they wish to write about and...
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Poetry: A Picture of Feelings

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students take a field trip to a place of interest. After the trip they share with a partner their most memorable memory about it. Later, they paint a picture representative of the trip and illustrate it with a poem using at least two...
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Metaphorical Poetry

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders read and discuss poems by Jewel., Sylvia Plath, and Langston Hughes They examine poems for examples of metaphors and similes. After discussing Jewel's poem Lost, they write their own poems. They hold a poetry reading in...
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A Matter of Identity: Writing An Extended Metaphor Poem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students apply their knowledge of literary devices by reading, and analyzing the poem Identity by Julio Noboa Polanco. They create their own poem incorporating the literary devices studied and analyzed in the above mentioned poem.
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Activities for Teaching “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Use all of these exercises, assignments, and assessments or pick and choose your favorites for your study of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. In this resource you will find: an informational text to examine, vocabulary lists and...
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Explore Literary Devices in Popular Lyrics

For Teachers Pre-K - 9th
Bring literary devices to life by listening to popular song clips and studying their lyrics.
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Hot, Hot, Hot, Cold

For Teachers 2nd
Learners dance the image of falling snow. They move, swing, fall, and rise to music working to depict snow falling, the sun, and high/low movements. This is a well-thought out lesson that aids them in seeing movement as a form of...
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Mastering the Mighty Melville

For Teachers 11th - 12th
“Bartleby the Scrivner” as an existential forerunner to The Office? Dense and often dark, Herman Melville’s stories abound with Biblical allusions and complex symbols. If you are considering using Melville’s novels or short stories with...
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Labyrinths

For Teachers K - 12th
Whether studying metaphors or Greek mythology, this labyrinth project is a fantastic lesson plan to add to your unit. It includes two versions of the labyrinth; making it with yarn or stone. If your materials are limited, you can even...
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Poetry: Lesson 4

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders work on poetry. In this poetry lesson, 5th graders read different poems and respond to what they like about them. They practice writing metaphors and create their own metaphor poem. 
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Focus On Figurative Language in Prose

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the use of literary prose in the story, "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." In this literary prose lesson, students investigate the use of imagery, metaphor, and simile in the story. They tell how author's purpose is...
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Fairness Metaphor

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students write a metaphor. In this descriptive writing lesson, students define metaphor. Students come up with a creative metaphor to describe their feelings about fair practices related to music downloads.
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Simile and Metaphor (cont.)

For Students 4th - 6th
In this comparison words worksheet, students learn how to use metaphors to compare one thing to another. Students complete 8 metaphors.
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It's Not Always What It Seems to Be!

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars write metaphors. In this literary devices lesson, students discuss metaphors and how they are used in literature. Young scholars read the poem "Song of a Dandelion Pushing up Through an Urban Sidewalk Crack" and determine...
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Identifying Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore figurative language. In this Fahrenheit 451 lesson plan, students read the Bradbury novel. As they read, students note the simile, metaphor, and personification examples that they encounter.
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Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole

For Students 4th - 8th
In this online interactive figurative language worksheet, students respond to 15 fill in the blank questions identifying each sentence as a simile, metaphor, or hyperbole.
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Figurative Language

For Students 5th - 8th
In this figurative language review worksheet, learners examine 4 sentences and rewrite them with the literal meaning. Students also complete 6 sentence starters with similes or metaphors.
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Figurative Language

For Students 6th - 8th
In this figurative language worksheet, students examine similes and metaphors. Students rewrite 4 sentences using literal meanings and complete 6 sentences with figurative expressions.
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Simile And Metaphor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in a lesson about metaphor and simile while using them in different contexts. They are asked to share some samples that are designed by them to other members of the class. Students practice writing them with the help of...
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Cell and Compound Nouns

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Young scholars explore the definition and derivation of the popular usage of shorten compound nouns. Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the word "cell" when used in varying contexts. They also consider...
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Writing Metaphorically

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders review the writing process and compare this process to an object or another activity. They compose a paragraph differentiating between the wo. Students cite copy write information by adding the URL address on their image.
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Heroic Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a poem answering the questions, what makes someone a hero and how heroes are created? Students work in writing communities to create their poem and illustrated presentation. Poems are presented to the class.
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Environmental Art

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners create their own environmental art after the teacher shows them a variety of example and has a discussion about it. They then write an initial personal definition of environmental art.
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The Secret Garden

For Teachers 5th
Students explore plants in science and England as they synthesize data from the book, "The Secret Garden in this twelve lessons unit. Comparisons between the nuturing needs of plants and humans are made.
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Music from a Place Called Half Moon

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners read the novel, Music from a Place Called Half Moon. They are assigned chapters to analyze for literary elements and to assign titles to the book chapters.
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Deciphering the Mechanics of Poetry

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study poetic devices and use them in their own writing and apply them when reading poetry. In groups, they describe an item using poetic devices.
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Poetry: Techniques & Form

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore poetic technique and figurative language in this ten activity unit. Comparisons are made between a variety of forms of poetic expressions and the lives of several poets are studied.
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Let's Learn Poetry

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders analyze a variety of forms of poetry to use its elements correctly. Proper grammatical usage is practiced as students creatively respond to prose, poetry, and drama.
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Figurative Language Academy Awards

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine figurative language in writing. Students demonstrate simile, metaphor, and personification in their own writing.
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Persuasion and Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study and discuss definitions of metaphor, simile, and personification. In small groups, they read a section of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" and identify those devices. The group presents their examples with the...
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Figurative Language: Metaphor

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders engage in a lesson which is part of a unit on poetry and figurative language. It is designed to teach students the characteristics of metaphor within the context of poetry.
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Sonnet 130-- Rude or Reality?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the structure of the sonnet, identify the vocabulary words simile, metaphor, rhyme scheme, assonance, and alliteration, and analyze the text by line by line interpretation and by looking for an overall meaning.
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Fruit Poetry

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students identify metaphors and similes in poetry, and use descriptive language when writing a poem contrasting the inside and outside of a piece of fruit.
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Figurative language is the focus of the fifth instructional activity in a unit study of To Kill A Mockingbird. Groups review different chapters read so far and locate examples of images, similes, and metaphors, and then consider what...
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A Simile is Like a Song

For Students 7th - 8th
A simile is like a song and curriculum is food for the brain. Challenge your class to figure out the definitions of simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia from the clues given in the poem "A Simile...
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Lesson: Emory Douglas: Decoding Images and Vocabulary Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
To better understand the work of Black Panther logo artist Emory Douglas, learners define literary devices. They define a series of words such as metaphor, simile, and assonance, then place an example of that device found in Emory...
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Delve Into the Metaphorical Mind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are many ways to teach metaphors — all are gold to our young learners.
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Metaphors Are Like Similes...Right?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Build the basis for critical thinking by increasing mastery of metaphors, similes, and analogies. Clear up the confusion that often marks lessons on figurative langauge. A very insightful article, full of great links. 
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"Big Three" Bailouts

For Students 9th - 12th
What does your class think about big business bailouts by the U.S. Government? Find out with this activity, where learners analyze a political cartoon comparing the "Big Three" automakers with the Greek Myth of Sisyphus. Background...
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Borrowing from the Greek Debt

For Students 9th - 12th
Use political cartoons to help your class understand the European Debt Crisis and visual symbolism. This analysis handout includes two cartoons depicting the crisis and prompts learners to consider possible symbols and allusions to best...
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Political Cartoons: Literacy

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Readers decode and deconstruct political cartoons to heighten critical thinking, extra-textual literacy, and making meaning from symbolism and metaphor. A compatible activity to use in English class when your 8th or 11th graders are...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Grinding to a Halt- The U.S. Economy

For Students 9th - 12th
Using gears as a visual metaphor, this political cartoon analysis activity gives a clear picture of one artist's perspective on the U.S. economy. Background information helps give pupils access to the cartoon's context, and 3 talking...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Spinning off of Eyjafjallajökull

For Students 9th - 12th
The name itself may have your scholars' heads spinning: Eyjafjallajökull. Its recent volcanic eruption spurred many political cartoons on unrelated topics- using an analysis handout scholars examine the use of metaphor in 2 cartoons...
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Teaming Up on Health Care

For Students 9th - 12th
Use this political cartoon handout to help pupils understand the role the Blue Dog Coalition plays with regard to Health Care Reform. Football is used metaphorically to represent a player (Blue Dogs) tackling someone on his team (Obama)....
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No Title

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify examples of figurative language in the book, "One Day in the Woods," by Jean Craighead George. They illustrate a figure of speech and identify it as a simile or metaphor. Each student then records their...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Explaining Social Security with a Metaphor

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about Social Security. Students then respond to 4 short answer questions.
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Figurative Language-Part 1

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore figurative language.  In this figurative language lesson, students look up, define, and give examples of a list of literary terms.
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Identifying Figurative Language

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  In this figurative language lesson plan, students locate similes, metaphors, and examples of personification in their reading.  Students write down the page numbers of each example for...
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Metaphors

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students define and use metaphors. In this metaphors lesson, students define the term metaphor and discuss examples. Students then identify the real meaning behind common metaphoric expressions.
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Looking At the World Through Different Eyes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to the concept of reframing as a problem-solving alternative. They present the value of incorporating adults into their suport system. Students draw what they think Creep Face and Maggie saw when they looked...
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Dumbing Down

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the definition and derivation of the popular saying "dumb down." Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the phrase when used in varying contexts. They also consider the derivation of each...
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Street Cred

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Young scholars explore the definition and derivation of the popular word "cred." Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the word when used in varying contexts and when used as a phrase. They also consider...
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Keeping Your English Up To Date: Bless

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the definition and derivation of the popular usage of the word bless to talk about sweet or cute things. Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the word "bless" when used in varying contexts.
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Bling and Sound-Symbolic Words

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the definition and derivation of the popular term "bling" and other sound-symbolic words. Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the word "bling" when used in varying contexts. They...
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Poems in Sections: The Mosaic Format

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore poetry. They examine metaphors. Students discuss and write examples of "figurative" and "literal" language. They read mosaic poetry. Students write a poem in mosaic format.
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Poetry and the American Presidents

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders choose a poetry activity in order to focus their research about American presidents.
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What's the Deal With Nature?

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders read the poem "Crossing the Swamp" and "Pipefish" then discuss the use of metaphor in each poem. They write a poem about how they feel about school using a nature metaphor.
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If Love be the Food of the Senses: Orsino in Twelfth Night

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students write poetry using the five sense and metaphor describing love. They read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1.1 focusing on sensory words and imagery. They further discuss the scene.
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Narrative Practice: Similes, Metaphors, Personification

For Students 7th - 12th
Transform boring sentences with figurative language. Class members employ metaphor, simile, and personification to rewrite a series of provided sentences. Pupils can prepare for narrative essays and creative assignments by completing the...
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The Nature of Haiku Poetry

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students brainstorm elements of nature art prints and photos. They identify the syllable count of Haiku and take a nature walk. They write Haiku poems while practicing the use of simile, alliteration, metaphor, and analogy to describe...
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Literary Devices Paper

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders write a character analysis of someone they know describing them through similes, metaphors, and hyperboles. They may include themselves and how their person relates to him or her.
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Mathematical Metaphors in Art

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners investigate the role of mathematics in their everyday lives. They discover, through reading a Times article and through analyzing a specific example of art, that mathematics exists on a deeper 'metaphoric' level in art.
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Good Will - Three Chinese Stories

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students listen to The Seven Chinese Brothers and identify tall tale elements in it. They brainstorm ways they could help each other in school. They create a banner reflecting the style and art of Chinese decorations and clothing in the...
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Doors to Knowledge

For Teachers K
Students identify symbols on a pylon and explain why the names of the Great TEachers the symbols represent. They interpret what religion is to them and sing a song about religion lead by the teacher. Finally, students construct a...