This handout has 25 key types of figurative language students will encounter in literature. The handout covers the common ones, such as metaphor and personification, but also includes lesser known ones like synecdoche and metonymy.
Each figure of speech has a definition, examples, and purpose & function of the figure of speech. The handout will not only help students identify figurative language, but also it will help them with interpreting them and explaining how it contributes to the overall passage, which helps them develop higher order thinking skills.
Figures of speech include the following:
Metaphor, Simile, and Allegory
Synecdoche and Metonymy
Hyperbole and Understatement
Verbal, Situational, and Dramatic Irony
Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox