Ch 5: Figurative Language & Nuance: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5

About This Chapter

With the assistance of this chapter's lessons, you can meet the requirements for the Common Core and instruct an eighth grade class on figurative language and nuance. You will also find lesson scenarios you may use in the classroom and a summary of what students can learn.

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

About This Chapter

Students who master this standard will learn the difference between connotation and denotation. They will be given various examples of irony, including dramatic, verbal and situational irony. Individuals can study how figures of speech can be employed in different situations.

Lessons in the standard go over issues that include:

  • Understanding and recognizing euphemisms
  • Defining the different types of irony
  • Interpreting figures of speech in context
  • Comprehending the relationships between words

Students show mastery of the material in the standard when they can fully understand the use of figurative language in writing, looking at connotation, denotation and irony. They should be able to analyze the relationships of different words in a text in order to infer their meaning. Understanding figurative elements of writing can help prepare students for college-level reading assignments.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Some tips are presented below on how to employ these lessons to assist instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5 standard:

Figures of Speech Lessons

Instruct students to watch the lessons on figures of speech. Provide them with a passage containing euphemisms and puns, and have them interpret the meaning behind these samples.

Irony Lessons

Watch the lesson on irony as a class, then have a discussion about the difference between irony and sarcasm. Pass out different examples of irony and let students decide if the irony presented is dramatic, verbal or situational.

Word Relationship Lessons

Have students view the lesson on the relationships between words. Provide them with a set of words and their definitions, then have them figure out the meaning of similar words based on their relationship to each other.

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