Personification Games & Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Personification may seem very weird to students, until they realize how common it is in books, TV, and movies. Help students understand personification with these fun games and activities.

Personification Games and Activities

Personification is one of those things that's easier to show by example than to explain indirectly. Without an example, the whole thing sounds very strange. Pretending that something nonhuman is a human? What does that look like? So this topic, even more than others, can be much easier to understand through examples, activities, and games. Games and activities are also more fun and engaging for students. So, however you look at it, including games and activities in your classroom when teaching personification is a great idea. Here are some possible games and activities you can try.

Personifying Sentences

For this game, give each group of students a bag full of small slips of paper, each with a sentence that does not contain a personification. The goal is for students to turn those sentences into ones that have personification. For example, if the sentence reads, ''The chair was in the corner of the room, a long way from the table,'' a student might rewrite it to say, ''The lonely chair sat sadly in the corner of the room, missing the table and other chairs.''

Have each group remove one sentence from the bag at a time and attempt to rewrite it. Each student should note down their group's answer when they are done. You can make this into a competition by having groups compete to be the first to personify all of the sentences. You can even have groups present their favorite personification, and have students vote on which they find the most entertaining.

Random Personifications Game

For this game, instead of having students draw sentences from a bag, they draw individual items you might find around the classroom. They must then create a sentence which personifies that item. This can be done as a group competition, where each group takes turns to pick an item out of the bag, and come up with a sentence that personifies that item. If you approve of the sentence, you can award them with a point. The group with the most points wins.

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