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Figurative Language

    Metaphor     Hyperbole     Personification      Onomatopoeia     Alliteration     Idiom

Click here for Figurative Language definitions! (More here!)

Figurative Language  Flashcards (Not enough? Here are some more!)

Figurative Language in Music? NO WAY!


Personification Basketball.  Click here to play!

Metaphors & Similes

“Grammar Girl” explains



Examples in Poetry: Click here for examples


50 examples of Hyperbole


Click here for 100 examples of onomatopoeia


Click here for alphabetical list of words that are commonly used in alliteration.

Examples of alliteration.


Figurative Language with Pop Music! Click here for Prezi.
You will need to select 4 out of the 7 choices for Figurative Language.  (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, idiom)

  • Use the examples below for inspiration
  • Will need to use Photo Story, Windows Movie Maker, or iMovie (or something equivalent) to complete the assignment.
  • Must show figurative language you’ve chosen
  • Then show us the lyrics that pertain to the figurative language (not the entire song-just the lines around)
  • We will also need to hear the song. (YouTube video or simply play the song in the background) (Again, not the entire thing–just the parts that apply.)
  • You don’t have to include the explanation, but be ready to share it with your classmates.


Figurative language in Rap? Sure! Click here for Flocabulary’s site dedicated to just that!

Examples of what you should accomplish using Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, etc*


*Tutorials for Windows Movie Maker and Photo Story

Windows Movie Maker

Photo Story


Cat-got-your-tongue3Take this Idiom Quiz: here

Play this game: here (Yes, you must choose the “hard” option! Don’t wimp out!)

Resources & References

Your assignment: Create an Idiom Poster!

  • Must have your idiom written out
  • The literal meaning
  • The figurative meaning
  • A picture/visual representation of the idiom
  • Must be NEAT & COLORFUL! NEAT!! They are going on walls!

Context Clues

contHere are some resources that you will need to complete the context clues skills.  Some are “bonus material” put here for extra resources that you can check and review during your own time.

Jabberwocky – jabberwocky

Schmoop can help!

(A fun translation–just in case you want to peek!)

Mystery Words – mystery words

6 Context Clues Lessons to Review – 6 Context Clues Lessons

Context Clues Practice Test – Context Clues-Practice Standardized Test

Context Clues – Synonym & Antonym Practice – Context Clues-Synonyms & Antonyms

Word Roots – Word Roots

Context Clues Stations – Context Clues-standardized

Context Clues Station Answer Sheet – Context Clues Station Answer Key

Word Usage Stations – Word Usage-standardized

Irony Short Stories


Here are 3 short stories that contain irony.

(We will be doing this in class today.)

What irony do you see? How do you know it is ironic? Justify your answers with textual evidence.

“Ironic” lyrics – Ironic Lyrics

Autism Walk Shirts

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Many of you have asked about the Walk for Autism shirts. I will have order forms in my room tomorrow.  In addition, I will attach one on here as well.  Remember, April 2 = Light It Up Blue for Autism! & April 27 = Walk for Autism @ Memorial High School (9am)!

Tshirt order form Tshirt order form

I will collect $$$ next Mon-Wed! THANKS!!


Here are the resources you will need for the IRONY Lesson today:

Blogging Points Explained

4 = 30+ posts
3 = 20-29 posts
2 = 10-19 posts
1 = less than 10 posts

CD Cover design

CDsTo bridge the gap in the ISTEP week and to offer some of you the “creative outlet” you have been begging for, you will have today and tomorrow to complete this assignment! (after we free read)
 Don’t rush through this! Take your time and think about each one! Be thoughtful in your approach!

CD Cover Design

Good luck and enjoy!

Letting off a little ISTEP Steam!

Here are a few students letting off a little ISTEP steam! Who knew acting silly could be so much fun?

Multiple Class Husky Shake (Screen is turned! Not sure how to fix–here is how to flip it on your netbook screen: Ctrl + Alt + (right arrow button)

Where do we go from here?

question-markI have sent you an email with a link to a survey.  I’d like to see what your thoughts are as we plan for the remainder of the year.  Please take a few moments to answer honestly and appropriately to the questions posed.  You will have to be logged in with your account for the form to work.  Any questions with an * are required and you cannot submit your answer unless you have filled in a response.  In case you didn’t get the email, here is the form.


Pump Up Your Writing

I have to say how impressed I have been today with the student geniuses in my classroom.  We worked on yet another ISTEP writing strategy.  Of course, these strategies can be applied outside the ISTEP framework–but we are focused on them now since ISTEP is next week.

Today we looked at how we can “pump up” our writing! We even used a little “old school” SNL inspiration:

We also focused on the balloon method.  With this method, students were able to take a 4 word sentence: She walked her dog, and turn it into an over 30 word sentence.  It was incredible to see the students rushing to come up with a better sentence and longer ones! I love when they love to learn!!

Pump Up WritingFor homework, they were given the sentence, “He went to the movies.”  They must turn that into a “pumped up” masterpiece and then blog about it! Can’t wait to read them!!

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