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Figurative Language

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.


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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.
This page defines and gives examples of a few common figures of speech. NOTE: The 'Talk' link leads to a message board.
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.
When you have finished reviewing these definitions, click on the link "To Skills Page" to take a practice quiz.
Click on the pencils to practice using each of these figurative language terms. When you are ready, there are two quizzes you can take.
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.
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.
Learn what slang is and how it originated. Find out the difference between slang and jargon.
How well do you know idioms? This game has several variations to help you practice. NOTE: This site has a pop-up ad.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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