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NCTE: Exploring Figures of Speech

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will brainstorm metaphors and similes, returning to examples of metaphor in a poem. They will reflect on the comparisons offered through the figures of speech and what their effect is on 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.

Go over definitions and examples of metaphor and simile with students before you begin the activity. Have students write examples of metaphors and similes that relate to their current lives, with explanations of why the figures of speech are pertinent. For example, "My life is like a computer program because usually everything goes fine, but when things go wrong, they seem to go really wrong."

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

    Discuss students' perceptions of the effects of metaphor. Make sure all metaphors were identified.