These sites are about figurative language in the context of reading. Includes idioms, jargon, slang, similes, metaphors, and personification. There are language definitions, lesson plans and activities, and interactive quizzes. Included are links to eThemes Resources on figurative language, similes, metaphors, and personification.
Practice with Figures of Speech
Learn about different examples of figurative language by reading the term, the definition, and an example. Scroll down to click on links that give more information about these examples. NOTE: This site includes a banner ad. NOTE: Links lead to outside websites.
BBC: Use of Figurative Language
This page defines and gives examples of a few common figures of speech. NOTE: The 'Talk' link leads to a message board.
BBC: Language Definitions
This page reviews the difference between literal and figurative language. Click the "Test" button to quiz your knowledge of the different types of fiction. Click on the "Games" link for science, math, and English activities. NOTE: Includes a link to a message board.
ThinkQuest: Figurative Language
When you have finished reviewing these definitions, click on the link "To Skills Page" to take a practice quiz.
Figurative Language Practice
Click on the pencils to practice using each of these figurative language terms. When you are ready, there are two quizzes you can take.
Figurative Language Awards Ceremony
Students can draw on their own knowledge of figurative language in this lesson activity. Students can listen to and read texts containing figurative language, vote for their favorite terms, and then incorporate figurative language of their own into original writing.
Students can explore the use of figurative language in texts and practice using idioms with the activities in this lesson plan.
Rollin' on the River
Here are links to lesson plans for teaching jargon and slang. Includes assessments and scoring guides.
Suggested Books with Figurative Language
This one-page PDF lists books that use similes, metaphors, and personification that students can read to see how these figurative language devices are used in literature.
Wikipedia: Slang and Jargon
Learn what slang is and how it originated. Find out the difference between slang and jargon.
Paint by Idioms
How well do you know idioms? This game has several variations to help you practice. NOTE: This site has a pop-up ad.
BrainPOP! Similes and Metaphors
Watch a video with Tim and Moby in which similes and metaphors are explained, then take a pop quiz. NOTE: This site is available by subscription only.
eThemes Resource: Poetry: Simile and Figurative Language
These sites contain poems about autumn, winter, and the seasonal holidays. Learn how simile and figurative language can be used in poetry. Includes worksheets and in class activities. Includes links to eThemes Resources on similes, personification, metaphors, alliteration, idioms, and hyperbole.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Similes and Metaphors
These sites explain how to use similes and metaphors to improve your writing. There are many examples plus interactive quizzes and classroom activity ideas. Includes links to eThemes Resources on personification and other forms of figurative language.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Personification
These sites explain how to use personification to improve your writing. Includes definitions, numerous examples, and classroom activity ideas. There are also links to three eThemes Resources on other types of figurative language.