Imagery Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples


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What is it called when a writer uses figurative and/or descriptive language to appeal to the readers' senses?

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In the following excerpt from 'The Dinner Party' by Mona Gardner, what sense is being appealed to?

'As he looks, he sees a strange expression come over the face of the hostess. She is staring straight ahead, her muscles contracting slightly.'


In the following excerpt from 'The Last Dog' by Katherine Paterson, what sense is being appealed to?

''Remember to drink sparingly. Water supply is limited.' Brock nodded. He tried to lick his parched lips, but his whole mouth felt dry.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Can you tell which sense an author is trying to appeal to when you read a passage? This quiz/worksheet will test your knowledge of imagery by asking you to select the right answer from among four choices after finishing a reading selection.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your ability to:

  • Identify the term used to describe the use of figurative and descriptive language to appeal to one or more of a reader's senses
  • Read selected excerpts and identify which sense the text is appealing to

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on imagery
  • Making connections - understand the concept of using descriptive language to appeal to a particular sense
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read a novel or poem excerpt and correctly interpret which sense the text is attempting to appeal to

Additional Learning

You will find out more about this topic when you use the lesson titled Imagery Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples. The lesson contains:

  • The definition of imagery
  • Examples of imagery as used by Louis Sachar in his novel Holes
  • A picture for which you can write your own imagery and examples of how to do so