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Ch 7: 8th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language

About This Chapter

The language arts lessons in this chapter reinforce what 8th graders have learned in class about figurative language and its uses. Students can use the multiple-choice quizzes and chapter exam to determine how well they understand different figures of speech.

8th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

There are several types of figurative language that students need to be familiar with, and this chapter offers short and fun lessons to help students master them. Your 8th grader can watch videos and read lesson transcripts to learn about metaphors, similes, symbolism, imagery, allusion, puns, metonymy and more. Instructors provide several examples of figures of speech to ensure students understand them. Each lesson has a self-assessment quiz and there is also a chapter exam; these can help you identify any concepts that your 8th grader needs to pay closer attention to during study time.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What Is a Figure of Speech?Students learn about the types of figures of speech and view several examples.
Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & ExamplesThis lesson distinguishes between personification and apostrophe.
Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & ExamplesThe instructor discusses why cliches, paradoxes and equivocation should be avoided in certain types of writing.
Similes in Literature: Definition and ExamplesStudents explore examples of similes and learn how they differ from metaphors.
What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & TypesWith this lesson, students examine the purpose of using metaphors in their writing and how to avoid mixed metaphors.
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & ExamplesThe instructor provides examples to explain the difference between synecdoche and metonymy.
Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & ExamplesStudents learn about the types of allegory and take a look at famous examples.
Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & ExamplesIn this lesson, students learn how authors use symbolism and imagery to enhance their writing.
Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & ExamplesThe instructor teaches students about sarcasm and litotes as types of understatements.
Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & ExamplesStudents discover how oxymoron examples enhance or intensify descriptions in literature.
Pun in Literature: Definition & ExamplesStudents learn what puns are and why authors use them in their writing.
What is an Idiom? - Definition, Examples & QuizThis lesson explains what idioms are and features well-known examples.
Adages, Proverbs & Aphorisms: Definitions & ExamplesThe instructor teaches students about the purpose and use of adages, proverbs and aphorisms.
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and ExamplesStudents learn how allusions differ from illusions and examine the use of allusions in literature.

14 Lessons in Chapter 7: 8th 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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