Hyperbole, Personification, and Idioms

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SWBAT define and identify hyperbole, personification, and idioms.

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15 minutes

We spent some serious time with personification earlier this year when we read the story, "Ghost Cat" so my students should not need much of a review.  However, I still want to go over it with them for those that may be rusty.  

First, I'll have my students write the definition for personification in their flipbooks.  Next, I'll share some common examples of personification.  

Since my students enjoyed using popular songs as examples of figurative language so much yesterday, I searched the internet for some examples of personification.  I found this cute video made by another sixth grade teacher that I thought my students would enjoy.  Her pug discusses personification before sharing some musical examples.  


15 minutes

We are going to basically repeat the same process used with personification again for hyperbole.  

Once my students have recorded a hyperbole and looked at some examples, I'll show them two cute videos of popular songs that contain hyperbole.  The quality of the first one is not great.  Someone recorded it off of their computer, but the content is good enough to suffer through the wavy lines.  

The second video is student created with different songs, so I decided that I wanted to show it as well. And of course, no discussion of hyperbole is complete with out a look at "The World's Best Coffee" clip from the movie Elf.  


After viewing these videos, we will discuss the examples and generate some of our own.  



15 minutes

We'll end our review of figurative language with a visit from The Literals.  The Literals are a family that, well, takes everything literally!  In this clip, Amanda (from Disney's "The Amanda Show"), uses idioms that her friends take literally.

After we watch the clip, we'll discuss the various idioms presented and add some of our own to the flip book.  In addition, I'll have students record an idiom definition.  

To wrap up the lesson, I'll ask my students to find more examples of hyperbole, personification, and idioms used in popular culture, and add them to our list on socrative.

Now that we have reviewed some of the heavier terms, we are ready to start reading reading some amazing poetry! 

Wrap it Up

10 minutes

Okay, so I have been a little obsessed with finding You tube videos that deal with figurative language this week, but at least it has kept my students entertained!  I found this cute mash up of Disney songs that contain a variety of figurative language, including oxymoron and onomatopoeia, which I didn't cover.  

We'll watch this video, and then discuss the examples.  

To close I'll ask the million dollar question:  

Why do so many writers, including song writers use figurative language?

Students will be using their finished flip book to analyze poetry for the next few weeks.  

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