When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson uses the book ''When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . .'' by Molly Bang to teach students about figurative language, particularly metaphors. Students will listen to the story, participate in discussions, and complete an activity.

Learning Objective

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define metaphor, and identify metaphors in the book When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . . by Molly Bang.
  • create metaphors about emotions.
  • write an opinion piece in response to the book When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . . by Molly Bang.


  • Approximately one hour

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • metaphor
  • simile
  • figurative language
  • opinion piece


  • When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . . by Molly Bang
  • Whiteboard
  • Materials for writing and illustrating
  • Poster board, markers, and other art supplies


  • Briefly review the terms figurative language, simile, and metaphor, sharing some samples of each. Tell students that figurative language can be used to describe feelings.
  • Ask students to pay attention and look for figurative language as you read the book When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . . by Molly Bang. Mention that figurative language can be supported by a book's illustrations.
  • Read the book, and then hold a class discussion using the following prompts:
    • Why was Sophie angry?
    • How do the illustrations show that Sophie is angry?
    • How does Sophie handle her anger? What helps her to calm down?
    • Can you think of a time when you felt really, really angry? What did you do? How did it feel?
    • There are safe ways and unsafe ways to respond to anger. What are some safe ways to handle anger? What are some unsafe ways to handle anger?
    • Who can help you if you are angry and don't know what to do?
  • As a class, identify the figurative language (the red roar, the volcano, the puzzle) in the story.

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