Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A little figurative language

We've been scouting figurative language in poetry for awhile, but that's not as much fun as writing your own.

Today we needed to work offline and so this little paper based activity fit the bill nicely for part of the period.
I asked my students to draw a smallish circle on their paper and write an ordinary common noun in the circle.
THEN I explained that they were going to use that noun in examples of the five types of figurative language we've been working with: metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole and idiom. I gave them an example of this using "table" as my word.

It was so fun to watch them work out their examples with the word they chose. And, because each of them chose different words, they had to be original.