Figurative Language

This week during shared reading, I read aloud Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. I used this book to review figurative language such as similes discussed last week and introduced new figurative language such as metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification and hyperbole.

In preparation for the lesson, I went through the book and typed out all sentences that contained figurative language. Students gathered on the rug with their partners and were given the handout. I then began the shared reading and stopped periodically to allow students to engage in purposeful talk by identifying the figurative language and proving how they were able to identify each.

Tomorrow's lesson will involve students working again with their partners to identify,label and explain the types of figurative language or poetic devices used in song lyrics. We are going to analyze Katy Perry's song "Firework." I found this lesson on Teachers Pay Teachers as a free download. The lesson was created by Tracee Orman.


  1. What a great idea! This is an area my kids were having a tough time with, maybe using a popular song will help! Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for sharing! We are working on this right now, too.

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  3. I didn't get to this today but I told my students about the activity and we are going to do it tomorrow. They are so pumped! They were like "OMG I can't believe we are going to listen to Katy Perry at school!" LOL Thanks s much for sharing this! Its just what my class needed 6 teaching days before our state writing test :-)

  4. What a fun idea! We're studying figurative language right now, too, and that'll be a fun way to really focus on similes and metaphors. Thanks for sharing!


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