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Ch 7: 7th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language

About This Chapter

Most lasting less than 10 minutes, the video lessons in this chapter reinforce what 7th graders have learned about figurative language in class. Students can take multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam to check their mastery of the covered terms.

7th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

Writers use many types of figurative language to enhance their work, and understanding these language choices is important for literary analysis. This chapter focuses on helping 7th graders master similes, metaphors, puns, litotes and more. The engaging instructors use a variety of examples to ensure students grasp the differences between types of figurative language, such as personification and apostrophe as well as metonymy and synecdoche. Your 7th grader can watch the short videos, read lesson transcripts and send questions to instructors. You can assess how well he or she understands figurative language based on quiz and exam scores.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What is a Figure of Speech?The instructor discusses several types of figures of speech and provides examples.
Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & ExamplesStudents view examples to distinguish between personification and apostrophe.
Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & ExamplesIn this lesson, students learn how cliches, paradoxes and equivocations can impact writing.
Similes in Literature: Definition and ExamplesStudents learn how to use similes to make comparisons and enhance their writing.
What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & TypesThis lesson teaches the types of metaphors and how they differ from similes.
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & ExamplesThe instructor uses examples to distinguish between synecdoche and metonymy.
Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & ExamplesStudents learn about the history of allegory and examine examples of fables and parables.
Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & ExamplesStudents view examples of symbolism and imagery to see how they enhance literary works.
Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & ExamplesWith this lesson, students learn how forms of understatement, including litotes, impact writing.
Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & ExamplesThe instructor explains the function of oxymoron in writing and presents examples.
Pun in Literature: Definition & ExamplesStudents examine reasons why writers incorporate puns into their work.
What is an Idiom? - Definition, Examples & QuizThis lesson discusses the purpose of using idioms and provides well-known examples.
Adages, Proverbs and AphorismsStudents learn about the similarities between adages, proverbs and aphorisms.
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and ExamplesIn this lesson, the instructor uses examples to differentiate between allusion in literature and illusion.

14 Lessons in Chapter 7: 7th 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.

Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples

10. Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review figurative language and its purpose in literature. Then, take a closer look at the term oxymoron and analyze some examples.

Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

11. Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll briefly review figurative language. Furthermore, we'll look closer at one type of figurative language: the pun. You'll be able to analyze some examples of the pun and see why it's used.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

12. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.

Adages, Proverbs & Aphorisms: Definitions & Examples

13. Adages, Proverbs & Aphorisms: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, we will define adages, proverbs, and aphorisms. We will also look at a few common examples of each of these and discuss their meanings.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

14. 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.

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