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Poetry: Finding Figurative Language

Previous posts have talked about ways to help your children recognize and identify figurative language in stories.  Because poetry has to paint a picture or share a feeling in a small number of words, poems are often full of figurative language.  This makes poetry a great opportunity to further your children’s study of the types of figurative language. There are six main types of

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Onomatopoeia – Figurative Language

Figurative language is language that authors use to make their writing more colorful.  Alliteration, hyperbole, similes and metaphors, personification, and idioms allow writers to say things in more interesting ways.  The last type of figurative language we will discuss is onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia The simplest way to explain onomatopoeia to children is by telling them that onomatopoeia words are sound words.  You could also say

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Idioms – Figurative Language

Authors use figurative language often to make their writing more vivid, but it can be a struggle for some children to understand figures of speech such as hyperbole, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Idioms are another type of figurative language that can be confusing for children. Idioms Idioms are phrases that put together common words to form a meaning completely different from the dictionary

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Hyperbole – Figurative Language

Figurative language allows authors to change the meanings of words to paint a clear picture in their writing. It also make the writing more interesting for the readers.  So far in this series, we have talked about alliteration, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Another fun type of figurative language is hyperbole. Hyperbole Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to add humor to a story. 

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Personification – Figurative Language

So far in our series on figurative language, we have discussed alliteration and the difference between similes and metaphors.  Remember figurative language is a descriptive way of saying things that adds variety to writing. Personification Personification gives human characteristics to non-human objects.  This allows the author to bring an inanimate object to life and describe it in new ways.  For example, you could describe

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Similes and Metaphors – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author.  In the last post in this series, we discussed the use of alliteration in books. Similes and Metaphors Similes

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Alliteration – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Authors write with figurative language often to make their writing more vivid and descriptive.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author. Alliteration One interesting form of

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As Cool as a Cucumber – Figurative Language

Adults use figurative language when they speak everyday.  Children however, may not understand that it’s “raining cats and dogs” or if they are “under the weather.”  Figurative language is when an author or speaker uses language in an exaggerated manner and uses words in a way that deviates from the original definition.  Examples of figurative language include use of metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, personification, paradox,

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