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SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary
Examining figures of speech is a critical aspect of literary analysis. Let our esteemed instructors guide your student along in this topic as they prepare for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts. Topics of instruction in this chapter include:
- Understanding the role of figures of speech
- Defining euphemisms, metaphors, and similes
- Comparing synecdoche and metonymy
- Exploring clichés, equivocations, and paradoxes
- Outlining the different types of irony
- Using and recognizing oxymorons
These videos are brief so they can fit into the small spaces of a busy schedule. Instructors for these lessons are experienced educators who are passionate about English. They provide a scripted lesson with entertaining graphics to capture and hold your student's attention. Use the lesson transcripts to study with your student and the assessments to measure progress. Have a question about a tough point? Use the contact option in your upgraded account to get some assistance from one of our instructors.
SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Figurative Language Chapter Objectives
In the 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts portion of the SBA, critical thinking and extraction of meaning take the lead as educators try to more accurately assess your student's achievement of the Common Core State Standards. The Literary portion of the Reading category contains 7-8 items total, including the possibility of one short text response. Several of these questions will likely focus on understanding the text presented at a level deeper than the words on the page. Make sure your student is prepared for that challenge by having them check out these videos.
At the conclusion of the assessments, you will receive a numeric score that indicates where in four levels (1 to 4, with 1 being beginner and 4 considered advanced) your student falls based on their performance in the assessments. This level evaluation can potentially influence the education program the school assigns in future years. As such, it is important that your student do their best on the assessments so they don't get stuck taking a class below their ability level. Reviewing these videos acts like a polishing agent on the instruction your student received in class so they can show their true talent.
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.
2. Euphemism: Definition & Examples
This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
8. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons
In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.
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Other chapters within the Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grades 3-5: Test Prep & Practice course
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Parts of Speech
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Basics
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Writing Basics
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Effective Listening
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills
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