A lesson for lower KS2 on poetic metaphor and personification, using poetry about water as the context. The powerpoint introduces the idea via the concept of similes (so pupils should understand similes before teaching this content). The differences and similarities between metaphor and personification are then explained. The lesson then gets pupils to discuss ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ examples of metaphors and uses this to draw out ‘success criteria’ (guidelines) for writing good metaphors. The main activities are then differentiated 3 ways.
Play bingo with your high school students and recap their figurative language techniques in a fun and engaging way!
To save paper and space, the bingo cards are ready to be printed as 2 pages per A4 sheet. Once you’ve laminated the cards, students can either use whiteboard markers or counters to play the game.
Students need 5 terms in a row to win (vertically, horizontally or diagonally).
What terms are covered?
– Pathetic fallacy
– Rhetorical question
– Colloquial language
– Emotive language
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“The Highwayman” is a narrative poem written by Alfred Noyes, first published in 1906. It tells the story of an unnamed highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord’s daughter.
In this lesson, students will learn how figurative language creates imagery and will be shown examples of a simile, metaphor and onomatopoeia.
They will then look at figurative language examples used in the poem through the online activity link and will be tasked to identify examples and write what these examples do for the reader,
Finally, they will write their own versions of part of the poem using their own figurative language examples.
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A 20 slide powerpoint presentation with examples of figurative language in lyrics from popular songs with an appropriate accompanying image. Includes simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, senses, imagery, idiom, hyperbole, anaphora and rule of three.
I print these on A3 and use this as a display in my classroom, but it could also be used to introduce these concepts to a class within a wider lesson about literary devices. I find that my classes find the examples easier to remember when they are from popular songs.
Want to review or introduce poetry terms/figurative language to your class? Don't do the work, I've done it for you! Each term has a definition, example and picture to help your students gain acquisition and mastery of the terms.
This is a poetry lesson aimed at Year5/6 focusing on identifying and using figurative language in poetry (similes, alliteration and personification).
The lesson begins by getting children to recognise examples of figurative language using Silver by Walter de la Mare. They then go on to write their own poetry using some figurative language. The lesson plan encourages children to respond to thought provoking questions as well as applying their knowledge in their own work.
Download includes: Powerpoint to support explanations of figurative language techniques, challenging questions for HA learners, cloze fill the gap exercise for LA children, differentiated success criteria and a detailed lesson plan.
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Need to introduce or review story elements with your kids? Here's the perfect way to do it!
There are 8 key terms:
Each term has a matching definition and example. Kids need to match the term with the correct definition and example. Each one is a different color so kids know when they have a set! Great for group work or individual reinforcement.
Also included: a term, definition, example set for each word for use on bulletin boards or word walls and a sheet of all terms, definitions, and examples to be placed in student notebooks.
A 53 slide interactive PowerPoint and quiz on figurative language that looks at similes, metaphors, personification, and alliteration. Perfect for a lesson introduction or recap.
TOP TIP: Make the quiz interactive by getting the children to write their answers on whiteboards.
- Slides 1 - 4: Introduction
- Slides 5 - 10: Similes
- Slides 11 - 15: Metaphors
- Slides 16 - 19: Alliteration
- Slides 20 - 23: Personification
- Slides 24 - 52: Quiz
- Slide 53: Conclusion
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Figurative Language. Figurative Language Practice Sheets. This figurative language pack includes: types of figurative language, and a handout that first defines metaphors and similes, and gives an example of each. Students then have to tell whether the following ten sentences use metaphors or similes, and underline what is being compared. Secondly, the handout defines hyperbole, and personificaton, and gives examples of each of these. Students then have to tell whether the following ten sentences is an example of hyperbole or personification. Then there are three additional practice sheets with figurative examples from literature. Students have to identify and give their reason for how they know. These are good practice sheets when introducing figurative language. You can have students work in small groups or with partners to try to figure out the figurative language. No prep. Print and go. Keys included. Can be used to supplement a poetry unit, writing unit, or literature unit.
Supports these Common Core Standards, which also need to be reinforced in higher grades as well:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
Three poems to use in shared or guided reading or as modelled texts to teach poetry writing.
Subject: trapped inside during a heavy snow storm
Language: similes; (extended) metaphors; personification; alliteration
Organisation: 4 x 4 line verses; repetition of openings; a variety of patterns and contrasts
Theme: mood; mystery; feelings of being trapped; contrast with inside and outside, light and dark
Subject: the excitement of being on a rollercoaster
Language: short lines to imitate movement of ride; similes; metaphors; repetition of sounds
Organisation: chronological: walking to ride, waiting in queue, getting on, riding, getting off; 6 verses
Theme: the thrill of a ride; on to the next thing
Subject: a Roman soldier marches to a British fort
Language: historically related vocab. (cohort, century); metaphor; alliteration
Organisation: 6 verses
Theme: homesickness; historical fiction; being a foreigner in a new place
This is a 20 page collection of language features, a requirement of every English curriculum. Each page is a different feature; there is a definition, examples and exercises for the students to complete.
language features and their effects
figurative language types
These pages can be used in a number of ways, homework, class activities, interest groups, formal lessons, booklet style, as an introduction to writing and poetry instruction etc
This poetry and description activity is designed to get students thinking creatively about trees, looking at their features closely and starting to personify the trees. After thinking about different ways to describe their chosen tree they will write a poem using the description and imagery they came up with.
Explain to the students that in pairs they will find their favorite tree and using clay make a face on the trunk. Bigger trunks create better faces!
First, students design their tree face on the ‘design’ worksheet. - Once their face has been designed, they can create the face on the tree.
They can then fill in the description sheets. Having a lesson on adjectives and metaphors / similes, and personification before this can be useful.
Once they have completed their description sheets they can use this to help them write their poems. You can either ask them to focus on a specific form of poetry or let them choose.
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A resource mainly aimed at year 5 and 6 but can be used with year 4.
Children think more deeply about how the poet uses personification and the meaning behind it. Good for those teachers working on comprehension questions which ask the student to explain the author's choice of words.
This pdf contains six (6) printable figurative language quizzes to guide students through a identifying a range of language techniques in pop songs and film.
YouTube links have been included on each worksheet so that students can listen to the songs as they complete the quiz.
This is a support resource which can be used alongside a Stage 5 or 6 unit, it is aligned with the NSW syllabus.
This resource contains an A3 poster on personification for primary school pupils.
It can be laminated and used for classroom display.
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