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Types of Figurative Language. How do authors use figurative language to make their writing more interesting?. Idiom: Words taken out of context to mean something completely different. Its raining cats and dogs - knock my socks off. Simi le Think of simi lar.

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Types of Figurative Language

How do authors

use figurative language

to make their writing

more interesting?

idiom words taken out of context to mean something completely different

Idiom: Words taken out of context to mean something completely different

Its raining cats and dogs -

knock my socks off

simi le think of simi lar
SimileThink of similar
  • Compares something to something else.
  • Her hands were as cold as ice.
  • What are they comparing?
  • So what does this mean?

  • Compares to things with out using like or as.
  • She’s a pencil.
  • What do you know about a pencil?
  • That’s right! It is skinny!
  • So what are they saying about the girl?
  • That’s right…The girl is skinny

  • PS159 _____________
  • 3-306 __________ , 2010
  • Title
  • Author:
  • Main idea (What is the book mostly about?)
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  • _______________________________________________________________________________
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  • Author’s purpose: Inform? Entertain? Persuade? Teach how to? Explain your answer!
  • Figurative language Used- Pick one from list above
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  • Write the sentence FROM the book here
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  • All of the first letters in a sentence start with the same letter
  • Mini Mary Made Mud.
  • Peter Piper Picked a Pepper
  • Wendy went whale watching with Walter
  • Can you make one up?

Shake Shack Creepy Crawly


Fresh Fish

  • Do you like fresh fish?It's just fine at Finney's Diner.Finney also has some fresher fishthat's fresher and much finer.But his best fish is his freshest fishand Finney says with pride,"The finest fish at Finney's ismy freshest fish, French-fried!""Oh say can you say" Dr. Seuss, 1979

Choose an object. Write a story as if you were that object. THINK OF THE PAPER STORY WE DID IN SHARED READING.

Objects: Bathtub, refrigerator, door, cereal,




  • Waiting for monsoon season in the desert is like waiting for Santa Claus. Instead of presents, monsoons bring relief from the harsh heat. Temperatures in the Sonoran desert begin to crawl toward 100 in late May. The heat in the desert is like a blanket that surrounds you. The heat of the pavement pierces your shoes, blistering your feet. In the dry desert air, sweat evaporates quickly. Even the body’s natural cooling system can’t compete with June in Tucson.
  • The guessing begins at the end of May. When the monsoons arrive and save us all? People send their guesses into the local television stations. June 15. June 22. July 1. The winner receives a gift certificate and a t-shirt. We eat on the patios of restaurants cooled by misters, long hoses that spray a fine mist of water into the air, waiting for the real thing.

The mornings are still brutally hot. You can smell the rain first. The rain stirs up the mesquite and ocotillo plants in the desert. The scent of the rain approaching the city is faint, like a woman’s cologne on a handkerchief. That clean, musky smell brings hope into the dry, dusky, sleepy Tucson morning.

  • About the time most Tucsonans are heading into to their air-conditioned homes and offices, the sky begins to grow dark in the south. A faint rumble tickles your ears. The wind stops. Then, with no warning, the bottom of the sky falls out. There is no sprinkle to introduce the rain-- it simply pours. The washes, dry just hours before, fill and overflow. Reports of cars stuck in flooded roadways interrupt the afternoon television shows. But the general mood is one of relief. The rain lasts only an hour, but the desert air is clean again. The next morning a new day dawns to a cool and refreshed desert city, and we wait for the rain to come again.
  • “The heat in the desert is like a blanket.” This sentence from the first paragraph contains an example of
  • A. a metaphor.B. a simile
  • C. personificationD. alliteration
  • The figurative language used in paragraph 2 to describe the wait for the first monsoon is an example of
  • A. irony.
  • B. personification.C. hyperbole.D. metaphor.
  • The author uses figurative language in paragraph 3 to describe
  • A. a woman’s handkerchief.
  • B. cologne.
  • C. the approaching monsoon.
  • D. the smell that precedes the afternoon monsoon.
  • “A faint rumble tickles your ears.” This sentence from paragraph 4 is describing
  • A. the sound of thunder.
  • B. a bee buzzing.
  • C. the sound of the wind.
  • D. the sound of rain.
game simile or metaphor
Game simile or metaphor?
  • Many Figurative language skills