Lesson Plan

Figuring Out Figurative Language!

Teaching figurative language is as easy as pie with this lesson. Give students a chance to explore different kinds of figurative language as they develop their own comic strip.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and use figurative language.


(10 minutes)
  • Start the lesson by reading a book (or passage of a book) to the class that contains examples of figurative language. Saturdays and Teacakes has great examples of figurative language.
  • Define figurative language to the class as a tool that authors use to help readers visualize what is happening in a story or poem.
  • Point out examples of figurative language as you find them in the text. For example, in Saturdays and Teacakes, Laminack writes: “In Mammaw’s big kitchen, sunlight poured through the windows like a waterfall and spilled over the countertops, pooling up on the checkerboard floor.”
  • Explain that this passage is an example of simile, a figure of speech that compares two things, using the words like or as.