Education Technology

NCTE: Assessing Figures of Speech

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will be provided with a poem which the teacher will read aloud to them. They will then write an analysis of the use of figures of speech in the poem.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Make sure students have been taught about figures of speech and have had chances to identify figures of speech and their effects on writing, either by using the activities provided in this lesson or by alternate methods. Share with students the rubric for evaluating their analyses and answer any questions.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Identify metaphors and extended metaphors in the poem provided.
  • Examine possible effects of identified metaphors.
  • Research the lyrics of various poems or songs.
  • Analyze the effects of the figures of speech.
  • Identify and explain examples of figures of speech.
  • Write an analysis that clearly identifies these elements.
  • After the Activity

    Evaluate the analyses according to the following rubric, or modify the rubric used by your school district to include analysis of figures of speech:

    5 — The analysis clearly identifies examples of figures of speech, using correct terms such as metaphor, simile, and extended metaphor to describe each. The discussion of effects of the use of figures of speech is specifically linked to the lines containing them, is explained effectively, and is supportable. The analysis is clearly organized and contains minimal surface errors.

    4 — The analysis identifies various figures of speech, generally using correct terminology. The discussion of effects connects to specific lines and is explained somewhat effectively. The analysis is organized and contains few surface errors.

    3 — The analysis identifies figures of speech, but may not always use correct terminology. Effects are mentioned but may not be linked to specific lines, or may not be effectively explained. Attempts at organization have been made. Surface errors may be present but do not interfere with understanding.

    2 — The analysis mentions figures of speech or specific lines but does not correctly identify them, or does not explain their use or effect. Organization is unclear and surface errors may interfere with understanding.

    1 — The analysis does not mention of figures of speech or their effects, or is so unclearly organized or impeded by surface errors that such mention demonstrates little or no understanding.