“Apple Island or the Truth about Teachers” by Douglas Evans is a text RICH in figurative language. It cries out to be used as a mentor text for this literary skill. I use the book as a read aloud at the beginning of the year in my fifth grade language arts classes. As I read I present the different types of figurative language using examples from the text. When I am reading aloud I have my students listen for all the figurative language that they hear., calling out the elements
The interactive notebook flippables were designed to accompany “Apple Island.” Each figure represents a character or plot event in the story. However, they could be used with other texts as well. For each figurative language element two interactive notebook flippables are provided. One requires a definition while the other requires a text example. I also have my students write original examples for each element on their notebook page.
The ZAP! game features sentences taken from the text illustrating the different figurative language elements. It can be played as an accompanying activity to the novel or simply as a stand alone skill practice for simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole.