Hyperbole Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

Hyperboles are a fun way to jazz up your writing. They add interest and humor and allow the writer to put a personal stamp on a writing piece. Read the following lesson to learn what hyperboles are and how to analyze hyperboles.

What is a Hyperbole?

This lesson will be the best thing you will ever read in your entire life! Why is that? It's because this lesson is about hyperboles, and hyperboles are extreme exaggerations. (See what I did there?)

While we hope you enjoy learning about hyperboles, will it be the best thing you read in your entire life? Probably not. Perhaps your college acceptance letter or your dream job offer could be the best things, but certainly not a lesson on hyperboles.

It should be fun way to learn, but not the 'best' thing ever; that's what makes it an extreme exaggeration.

This peacock is using hyperbole!

Why Should We Use Hyperboles?

When you write, hyperboles are one of the tools in your toolbox. They are something that you want to take out from time to time to add pizzazz to your writing, but you don't want to use them too often.

You want to break them out when you want to draw the reader's attention to a subject or add humor. If you put too many in a piece of writing, none of them will seem special. They will all blend in together.

Let's Dissect Some Hyperboles Together

  • My teacher has been teaching since dinosaurs roamed the Earth!

What does that exactly mean? While your teacher could be older and not fresh out of college, has she really been teaching alongside brontosauruses?

This brontosaurus is much older than your teacher!

Did your teacher teach algebra while brontosauruses walked by the classroom?

What this hyperbole means is that your teacher has been teaching for a very long time. It's unlikely that your teacher has been teaching for much more than 30 years, and definitely not for millions of years! This hyperbole, however, does make a strong statement, and that's exactly what it's supposed to do!

Do You Want to See Some More Examples?

  • I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.

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