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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
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Middle School Language Arts: Lessons & Help course
- Middle School Language Arts: Punctuation & Grammar
- Middle School Language Arts: Parts of Speech
- Middle School Language Arts: Clauses & Phrases
- Middle School Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- Middle School Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components
- Middle School Language Arts: Word Knowledge
- Middle School Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
- Middle School Language Arts: Understanding Literature
- Middle School Language Arts: Drama
- Middle School Language Arts: Informational Texts
- Middle School Language Arts: Using Source Materials
- Middle School Language Arts: Writing
- Middle School Language Arts: Listening
- Middle School Language Arts: Public Speaking
- Middle School Language Arts: Speech Development
- Middle School Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- Middle School Language Arts: Collaborative Discussion
- Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School