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Ch 7: Understanding Figurative Language Lesson Plans

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Get helpful lesson plans on different types of figurative language by going through this online course. You can use these lesson plans to teach your students the definitions, usage and examples of these types of figurative language.

Understanding Figurative Language Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Before getting into different types of figurative language with your students, you can go through this online course and get some informative and comprehensive lesson plans on relevant topics. Each lesson plan you can find here is a great means of going over the definitions and characteristics of these types of figurative language, as well as some notable examples in literature. Go through this course to get lesson plans on:

  • How to interpret figurative language in fiction
  • Definition, examples and types of metaphors
  • Definition of similes and examples in literature
  • Symbolism in literature
  • Idioms
  • And more figurative language topics

Your students can also learn about these different types of figurative language and how they can be used in literature by watching the video lessons also included in the chapter.

How It Helps

  • Topic definitions: Goes over the different types of figurative language your students need to know and provides comprehensive definitions of each
  • Informative examples: Offers examples of each of these types of figurative language from literary works to help your students learn about them
  • Classroom activities: Provides fun classroom activities that you can use to help your students study these topics

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning figurative language lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific figurative language topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related figurative language lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literary concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant figurative language-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

46 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding Figurative Language Lesson Plans
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Figurative Language Lesson Plan

1. Figurative Language Lesson Plan

Students often understand the literal meaning for poetry and short stories, but interpreting figurative language is more difficult. This lesson begins the difference between figurative and literal language then goes into specific types of figurative language. Students demonstrate their knowledge by developing original metaphors and similes using a game-like activity.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

2. 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.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

3. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.

Figurative Language Projects

4. Figurative Language Projects

There are lots of ways to teach figurative language through projects, and it can help students understand the numerous types of figurative language that exist. Check out these ideas for figurative language projects.

Figurative Language Games & Activities for Middle School

5. Figurative Language Games & Activities for Middle School

There are many types of figurative language, and learning about them all can be a challenge. Help your students improve their knowledge, and have fun in the process, by using a few of these games and activities in your classroom.

Figurative Language Games for Kids

6. Figurative Language Games for Kids

There's a lot of fun you can have with figurative language, so learning about it doesn't need to be dull. Check out a few of these ideas for figurative language games for your classroom.

Figurative Language Activities for High School

7. Figurative Language Activities for High School

There are many different types of figurative language techniques. Assist high school students with understanding figurative language by trying a few of these creative activities.

Metaphor Lesson Plan

8. Metaphor Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com video lesson plan to define and explain metaphors in writing. Teach about extended metaphors, compare to similes, and find samples in writing. Students will apply knowledge with a writing activity.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

9. 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.

Metaphor Lesson Plan for Elementary School

10. Metaphor Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Unlock the mystery of metaphors with the help of this lesson plan. A text lesson helps students identify, interpret and write metaphors, leading up to a fun activity to apply skills independently.

Metaphor Lesson Plan 4th Grade

11. Metaphor Lesson Plan 4th Grade

This lesson plan teaches students about metaphors. The plan includes group and individual activities in finding metaphors and writing original metaphors.

Simile Lesson Plan

12. Simile Lesson Plan

Do your students know what a simile is? An informative Study.com video lesson provides clarification on this topic while an activity gives students the chance to show what they've learned.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

13. 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.

Simile & Metaphor Activities

14. Simile & Metaphor Activities

Teaching students similes and metaphors is easier when students get a chance to use and experience them themselves. Try out a few of these fun and engaging activities to teach your students this important topic.

Hyperbole Lesson Plan

15. Hyperbole Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students about the figurative language term hyperbole. Read and identify examples in text, then do an engaging activity to reinforce concepts. Finish up with an arts and crafts project.

Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

16. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Hyperbole Activities & Games

17. Hyperbole Activities & Games

Hyperbole is the best thing ever! And learning about hyperbole can therefore be the most fun ever. All you have to do is use a few of these ideas for games and activities.

Hyperbole Activities for Kids

18. Hyperbole Activities for Kids

This lesson provides engaging activities to help reinforce the concept of hyperbole for upper elementary and middle school students. Students will create a hyperbole tall tale poster, play charades, and practice through story writing.

Hyperbole Writing Prompts

19. Hyperbole Writing Prompts

Learning about hyperbole can be an exciting part of learning to write. This lesson offers some prompts that will help your students get practice with this useful literary technique.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy Lesson Plan

20. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will explore synecdoche and metonymy. This lesson involves students reading, writing, listening and speaking. The activities are both collaborative and independent. Students apply what they have learned to a performance task.

Onomatopoeia Lesson Plan

21. Onomatopoeia Lesson Plan

Working on the figurative language subset onomatopoeia? Use this Study.com lesson plan to explore and define the topic. Listen to and view examples in text, then follow up with an engaging activity.

Onomatopoeia in Literature: Definition & Examples

22. Onomatopoeia in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore onomatopoeia, one way in which poets convey sound. When a poet uses onomatopoeia, the word, itself, looks like the sound it makes, and somehow we 'hear' it as we read.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

23. 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.

Idioms Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Idioms Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Help your students face the music and learn all about idioms with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining this figurative language, play a game to increase understanding, and show what they know with an activity.

Personification in Literature: Definition & Examples

25. Personification in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at personification. Personification is a form of figurative language in which something that is not human is given human characteristics. This device is often used in poetry to enhance the meaning and beauty of poems.

Onomatopoeia Comic Strip Lesson Plan

26. Onomatopoeia Comic Strip Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about onomatopoeias. Students will read a text lesson explaining the term, along with examples, then apply learning in a fun activity. Check understanding with a quiz.

Onomatopoeia Lesson for Kids

27. Onomatopoeia Lesson for Kids

In today's lesson, you'll learn about sound words, known as onomatopoeias! You'll also learn how these natural sound words enhance writing and make a story interesting to read.

Onomatopoeia Activities & Games

28. Onomatopoeia Activities & Games

Onomatopoeia is a unique literary device that helps create a sensory experience for the reader. Using hands-on activities to teach students about onomatopoeia can deepen their understanding of what they read and improve their descriptive writing.

Innuendo Activities & Games

29. Innuendo Activities & Games

Explaining innuendo can be challenging. This lesson encourages students to face that challenge head on by providing teachers with classroom innuendo activities and games.

Cliches Activities & Games

30. Cliches Activities & Games

The chances are pretty high your students already know a number of clichés. This lesson provides cliché based activities and games you can use to increase both their knowledge and usage of these overused sayings.

Cliches Activities & Games for Kids

31. Cliches Activities & Games for Kids

Clichés have existed for a long time and are considered a figure of speech. Students will have a blast trying to discern their meaning and using their creativity to make new ones.

Bombast Activities

32. Bombast Activities

While bombast may be an unfamiliar term to your students, understanding it can be a valuable communication skill. This lesson provides teachers with classroom activities designed to teach bombast to learners.

Exaggeration Lesson Plan

33. Exaggeration Lesson Plan

Introduce students to exaggeration with this lesson plan, which includes hands-on, multi-modal activities that have students acting, racing, and working together. There's also an extension assignment that has students rewrite a familiar story using exaggeration.

Exaggeration: Definition & Examples

34. Exaggeration: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about exaggeration, particularly as it is used in literature. This includes looking at some famous examples of literary exaggeration.

Figures of Speech Activities & Games

35. Figures of Speech Activities & Games

Read this lesson to find how to spice up your classroom with engaging, creative activities and games focused on learning and practicing the use of figures of speech.

Oxymoron Activities & Games for Kids

36. Oxymoron Activities & Games for Kids

Teaching figurative language skills to students can be fun and entertaining when combined with games and activities. This lesson provides several games and activities you can use to teach oxymorons to your elementary-age students.

Analogy Lesson Plan

37. Analogy Lesson Plan

What is an analogy? A video lesson makes it clear while an activity gives students the chance to identify analogies in poetry. To take instruction a step further, consider our included extensions and related lessons.

Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

38. Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of an analogy, how to use this common literary device in writing and how to interpret its meaning when reading text.

Analogy Activities & Games for High School

39. Analogy Activities & Games for High School

Analogies are a literary device to compare two objects that are dissimilar. This lesson focuses on a variety of activities and games to help students learn how to spot and use analogies.

Analogy Activities & Games for Elementary Students

40. Analogy Activities & Games for Elementary Students

Learning about analogies helps children understand figurative language as well as relationships among different concepts. This lesson makes analogy learning fun by incorporating games and activities.

Analogies Lesson Plan for Elementary School

41. Analogies Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about analogies. Students will read a text lesson that defines the term, discuss and interact with content, and then apply the learning to an activity.

Color Symbolism Lesson Plan

42. Color Symbolism Lesson Plan

Through the activities in this lesson plan, students will explore color symbolism in literature and other texts. They will apply their new knowledge by analyzing fairy tales for color symbolism examples.

Color Symbolism in Literature: Meaning & Examples

43. Color Symbolism in Literature: Meaning & Examples

Have you ever thought about how color is used to convey deeper meaning in a story? In this lesson, we'll study how color is used symbolically in literature to create a richer reading experience.

Literal and Figurative Language

44. Literal and Figurative Language

This lesson plan guides teachers through a lesson that helps students distinguish between literal and figurative language. Students practice composing each style and participate in an active game to solidify their understanding.

Idioms Lesson Plan

45. Idioms Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the figurative language technique of using idioms. Then play a game with students to reinforce the concept.

Personification Lesson Plan

46. Personification Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction of the literary element of personification. Next, have your students identify personification in poems and translate those sections to a more literal meaning.

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