Ch 7: 6th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language

About This Chapter

Literature would be nothing without figurative language, and these videos show students how to identify and use such literary devices as similes and understatements. Videos in this lesson are brief and fun, with handy quizzes after each one to confirm comprehension.

6th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

For those young aspiring novelists you know, this chapter is critical: it builds upon their understanding of the literary usefulness of figurative language, along with warnings about when to avoid it. Each lesson provides an interesting video presentation with humorous examples of figurative language in literary history. Students will be able to print out a transcript of the lesson to use as notes and refresher material. Have your student take the post-lesson quizzes and the exam at the end of the chapter to provide useful metrics of their comprehension and test-taking readiness.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What Is a Figure of Speech? Students are introduced to a broad overview of figure of speech as a tool and its importance in communication.
Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples In this lesson, these literary devices--giving human attributes to non-human objects or talking to non-human objects as if they were human--are explored.
Clichés, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples Instructors describe how clichés, paradoxes, and equivocations can help or hinder a student's writing.
Similes in Literature: Definition & Examples Students receive instruction on the definition and usefulness of similes, and when they can be distracting.
What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definitions & Types This video describes the power of metaphors, and how they are different from similes.
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples Here, instructors detail how certain words can mean something other than their normal usage; like 'ride' or 'wheels' for 'car'.
Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples Instructors describe the subtle difference between fables and parables and introduce historic allegories like The Pilgrim's Progress and The Republic.
Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples Understanding symbolism, so ubiquitous in poetry, is critical to any study of English. In this lesson students learn why.
Understatement & Litotes: Difference, Definitions & Examples This lesson explains the craft of using various forms of understatement, including sarcasm and litotes, to create emphasis in literature.
Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples Instructors make oxymorons fun (is that an oxymoron?) with this quick look at how pairing unlikely items can be useful in writing.
Pun in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples Nothing goes with sarcasm like a bad pun, and, in this video, students learn to tell a good one from a bad one.
What is an Idiom? - Definition, Examples & Quiz This video teaches how to spot idioms in literature, and when to avoid them
Adages, Proverbs, and Aphorisms Instructors in this video show their wisdom by showing that adages and proverbs can make someone sound very wise.
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples They're actually nothing alike, allusion and illusion, but both are useful, as the instructors explain in this lesson.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: 6th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language
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What Is a Figure of Speech?

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.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & 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.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

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.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

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.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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