Monday, February 16, 2015

Figurative Language Tools with FREE QR Code Lesson

It's raining cats and dogs? 

Her smile is the sun.

I love you to the moon and back. 

Figurative language is one of the hardest parts of the English language to understand.  It is especially difficult for those ESOL students who are still learning the language.  It is hard to not take the words people say literally.

The other day I asked my two-year-old son, "What would you like for a snack, monkey?"
He responded, "I"m not a monkey, I Benicio."

Learning to not take everything literally is a tough task when you are learning a language.  It doesn't matter if you are still learning your native language or tackling a new one.

Figurative language is a lesson you need to teach time and time again. The more opportunities they have to read, write, and understand figurative language, the easier it will be for them to grasp the nonliteral meanings.

Use these tools and and ideas to help students build an understanding of figurative language.  
1.  This chart will help teach students the difference between each type of figurative language.  (Make this a download).

2. Read books with figurative language to help students learn to identify and find figurative language.  This fabulous post from The Reading Mama will give you a list of fantastic books to use with students.

3. Use this Figurative Language QR Code activity to engage students and use technology skills.

Want more ideas?  These posts have more ideas and freebies on creative writing. 


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