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Ch 7: Middle School Language Arts: Figurative Language

About This Chapter

This chapter includes definitions and examples of terms used in figurative language. Middle school language arts students can view the fun video lessons and take self-assessment quizzes to help them remember the many vocabulary terms associated with this subject.

Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

Figurative language is often found throughout creative writing or literature, so it's important that middle school students get a firm grasp of the different forms. In short video lessons, our experienced professionals guide students through figures of speech like metaphor, simile, oxymoron, personification and more. The material, along with multiple-choice lesson quizzes, can help teachers and parents prepare their middle schoolers for figurative language assignments or tests they may encounter.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What Is a Figure of Speech? This lesson covers the types and definitions of the figures of speech.
Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples Students examine the differences between personification and the apostrophe.
Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples Instructors explain the meaning of paradoxes, clichés and equivocations.
Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples See examples of similes in literature, along with learning the meaning of the term.
What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types In this lesson, students learn the meaning and types of metaphors.
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples Compare and contrast synecdoche and metonymy.
Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples Get an historical analysis of allegory in literature and see examples of it.
Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples Understand how symbolism and imagery are used in literature.
Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples Explore the meanings and differences between litotes and understatements.
Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples Find out how to use an oxymoron in literature.
Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples Discover when to use pun in literature and view examples.
What is an Idiom? - Definition, Examples & Quiz Learn the meaning of an idiom and see examples of its usage.
Adages, Proverbs, and Aphorisms Students get knowledge of the similarities among aphorisms, adages and proverbs.
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples See examples of illusions and allusions, and learn their different meanings.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Middle School Language Arts: Figurative Language
What Is a Figure of Speech?

1. What Is a Figure of Speech?

In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

2. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

3. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

5. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

6. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

7. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

8. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

9. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

10. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

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