Friday, September 9, 2016

Understanding Ourselves Through Figurative Language

I am a map...
Of the many techniques writers use, figurative language is one of the most prolific and creative. Similes, metaphors, and personification allow authors to add depth and interest to meaning. Your children encounter examples of figurative language in their reading all of the time. As an opening activity this year, students wrote their own personal metaphors by comparing themselves to an object or idea that they felt best represented an aspect of their personalities.

I am a Range Rover Sport...
I love this activity because it forces the kids to think beyond the obvious, it provides an opportunity to teach figurative language, and it gives them a chance to get to know one another a little better. Plus, the comparisons are fantastic. From sloths to ice cream sundaes, the students never cease to amaze me with their self-awareness.

I am a peacock...
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