Figurative language enhances reading enjoyment and brings added pleasure to the experience. It is also an important component of Common Core curriculum. This engaging activity is designed to help students identify the different forms of figurative language: Alliteration, Hyperbole, Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Idiom, and Onomatopoeia. Students will tag along with Detective Dimwit as he bumbles through solving his third caper.
“The Case of the Stolen Strands,” a short, humorous original mystery written by me will keep students engaged and entertained as they work to hone their skills by identifying 40 different examples of figurative language in the story. Two different activities are included for the purpose of scaffolding: one in which the figurative language is bolded, and the other in which it isn’t. Helpful suggestions for implementation and a key are included, as well as a handout of figurative language terms and definitions.
Note: This activity is best suited for advanced students in grades 4 and 5; for on-grade-level students in grades 6 and 7; and for struggling readers in grades 8 and above.
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