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Ch 8: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Figurative Language

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Use this PSSA - ELA Grade 7 test prep chapter to help your student understand figurative language. These lessons are presented in an engaging, easy-to-follow format and include supplemental quizzes to help your students adequately prepare for the exam.

PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

There are many facets to figurative language, therefore, identifying them all and understanding what they mean can be tricky. Use the informative and age-appropriate lessons in this test prep chapter to help your 7th-grader make sense of the various types of figurative language, such as figures of speech, similes and metaphors. As they prepare for the PSSA - ELA Grade 7 exam, they can utilize the resources in this chapter to learn other key figurative language concepts, including:

  • Figurative language use in fiction
  • Differences between personification and apostrophe
  • Clichés, equivocations and paradoxes
  • Metonymy vs. synecdoche
  • Spotting allegory, symbolism and imagery in literary works
  • Usage of understatement, litotes, oxymoron and puns in literature
  • Identifying idioms, adages, proverbs and aphorisms
  • Comparing allusion and illusion

While this chapter is comprehensive in covering all the necessary concepts for related questions on the PSSA - ELA Grade 7 exam, your student can complete each lesson at his/her own pace. Once a lesson is complete, he/she can take the brief multiple-choice quiz at the end to see how well they understand the concepts covered in that section. Upon completing all lessons, he/she can take the more extensive chapter exam that will test on multiple concepts covered throughout the entire chapter. Additionally, each quiz includes a supplemental quiz worksheet that can be printed out and used as a study guide while viewing the lessons or as an offline study resource.

15 Lessons in Chapter 8: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Figurative Language
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Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

1. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

What Is a Figure of Speech?

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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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