Figurative Language Resources

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Halloween Hyperboles
Halloween Hyperboles
Worksheet
Halloween Hyperboles
Have fun with figurative language with these Halloween exaggerations that are sure to spook your students! They will enjoy the chance to write their own hyperboles with these over-the-top sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Worksheet
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Get ready for some serious fun! Your students will be amused as they learn to identify oxymorons in sentences. Then, they will write their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Awfully Great Oxymorons
Awfully Great Oxymorons
Worksheet
Awfully Great Oxymorons
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron
Oh My Oxymoron
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron
Oxymorons are seriously fun business! Your fifth graders will have fun making oxymorons by matching contradictory words, as well as crafting unique sentences as they practice using these antithetical phrases in their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write Santa Claus-Themed Alliteration
Write Santa Claus-Themed Alliteration
Activity
Write Santa Claus-Themed Alliteration
Give your third grader a head start in language arts by teaching her an alliteration lesson with this Santa Claus-themed writing project.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Fall Similes
Fall Similes
Activity
Fall Similes
Strong writing engages all five senses, and this fabulous fall-themed simile activity is the perfect way to celebrate sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
This Week 6 fourth grade independent study packet provides students a variety of remote learning opportunities.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook

Figurative Language Resources

Figurative language is the more colorful partner of literal language. It uses words or expressions that may not be the actual, or literal, meaning, but conveys a more in-depth or heightened understanding of what the writer is trying to say. Figurative language can be found in different types of writing such as prose and nonfiction, but it is most common in poetry. Figurative language comes naturally to very young children, though they may not necessarily know the formal types. With our resources, help them hone their understanding and mastery of figurative language.

Figurative Language 101

Where literal language is “just the facts,” figurative language is just the facts plus some extra. It adds vibrancy to language in a number of ways by not necessarily sticking to precise definitions. Here are the most common types of figurative language that young students will enjoy learning:

Simile
A simile compares two different things in an interesting way. It uses the words “like” or “as” to achieve more depth in the language.
Examples: My bedroom is as clean as a whistle. She entered the room like an angry storm.

Metaphor
A metaphor is like a simile in that it compares two things, but metaphors do not use the “like” or “as.” It simply states that one thing is something else.
Examples: My sister is an angel. My love for my children is a vast ocean.

Personification
Personification is a kind of metaphor in which human qualities are assigned to things that aren’t human or even alive, like nature or emotions.
Example: The stars winked at us from the sky.

Hyperbole
Hyperbole is a fun one to learn because it lets you exaggerate language for emphasis or effect.
Example: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!

Symbolism
Symbolism is using symbols to give significance to objects, events, or relationships. Symbolism can also take the form of a metaphor.
Example: Life is a roller-coaster, so hang on for the ride.

Onomatopoeia
Onomatopoeia is a word conveyed as a sound effect. It’s one of the most fun uses of figurative language for young readers, as it makes words come alive on the page.
Example: The water splish-splashed down the slide.

There are many more types of figurative language that add vibrancy to language. Students will enjoy learning all about them and become more imaginative writers in the process.