Jackson Figurative Language: 7th Grade

One meaning of the word "figure" is "image" or "picture." Figurative language creates pictures in the mind of the reader. These figures help convey meaning and understanding faster and more vividly than words alone. We use "figures of speech" in figurative language to color and interest, and to awaken the imagination. Figurative language is everywhere, from classical works by Shakespeare and the Bible to everyday speech. It is even in tons of pop music, television shows, and commercials. Figur…
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Simile
comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: My dog is as smelly as dirty socks.
Personification
When something non-human is given human characteristics or qualities.
Example: The leaves danced in the wind.
Metaphor
Comparing two (usually unlike) things NOT using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: How could she marry that snake?
Onomatopoeia
A word that represents or imitates a sound.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration for dramatic effect or humor.
Alliteration
A sentence that includes more than one word that have the same beginning sounds; the repitition of beginning sounds within a sentence.
Example: Ms. Knowlton knocked over the jar of nails.
Personification
The yummy bread danced in my stomach.
Alliteration
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Hyperbole
I've said that a million times.
Personification
The wind was howling and the birds were screaming as the storm came in.
Metaphor
Michael is a tall, cool drink of water.
Simile
Jose sleeps like a log.
Hyperbole
It took a million years for class to be over.
Onomatopoeia
Bang, hiss, drip, whoosh!
Alliteration
The fog filtered over the field finally hiding the fence.
Simile
She shook like a leaf.
Personification
The car whined at me.
Hyperbole
I'm never going to finish this.
Alliteration
Suzy sells seashells by the seashore.
Simile
The girls fought like animals.
Metaphor
The students were stubborn mules.
Personification
The sun wrapped its arms around me in warmth.
Hyperbole
The teacher was about to explode because he really needed a coffee break.
Alliteration
Ben bent the board.
Personification
The flowers waved to me as I walked across the yard.
Simile
He was as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof.
Onomatopoeia
The cereal went snap, crackle, pop!
Metaphor
My grandmother's voice is a crazy quilt of laughter and shrills.
Hyperbole
It took forever to finish my homework.
Onomatopoeia
The thunder boomed in the distance.

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