Sunday, September 23, 2012

I've already taught the majority of what I plan to teach for figurative language through my poetry unit.  This year, I plan to do things a little differently.  I plan to read "reminder" mentor texts and then have students write a paragraph using the figurative language concept from the mentor text. 

For example, I plan to read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day to reiterate hyperbole.
Students will then write a paragraph (4-5 sentences) about a bad day they've had, but over exaggerate it until it becomes hyperbole.  I have a "cheat sheet" with examples they may use, but they must write it on their own.  I want to see if they can:
A) Answer a prompt 
B) Complete a thought in paragraph form 
C) Apply the figurative language concepts I've taught them

Some other examples I plan to use:
 
Do you have any great mentor texts for teaching figurative language?  How do you use them?

4 comments:

mrsyoung said...

John Henry by Julius Lester is a great one for simile, metaphor, and personification. It's fun to read aloud, then have students create a character with super powers! Have them include some of their own figurative language in their stories. I also teach in Virginia : )

Young Daze in 5th Grade

Heather said...

Oh! I'll have to check those out! I love the idea of creating a character, too. Thanks for sharing!

Brittany said...

I just pinned this so I dont forget. We dont do figurative language until later but this is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.

Brittany
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Heather said...

You're very welcome. Please let me know if you have any modifications that make it more user friendly.