From struggling, inclusive ESOL all the way through the gifted and talented, students across the spectrum in intermediate grades 4-7 derive great benefit from using graphic organizers. They have immense value as a visual aid to facilitate learning and instruction. With 65% of the population consisting of visual learners, graphic organizers are a cornerstone of my curriculum. While putting together a SIFT unit for poetry, I wanted to incorporate a graphic organizer for each of the poetic devices I would be teaching (S- Symbolism, I- Imagery, F- Figurative Language, and T- Tone & Theme). I scoured Teachers Pay Teachers, Googled until my eyes blurred, and thumbed through my resource library until my fingers were numb: I could not find a figurative Language graphic organizer in the format of a web. As Bigweld shares in the movie "Robots," "See a need, fill a need!" It has proven to be one of the most versatile tools in my curriculum and instruction toolbox!
I've used it in:
*isolated lessons on figurative language
*teaching elements of poetry (the SIFT strategy mentioned above)
*identification in all manner of literature : both informational (news and magazine articles) and narrative (short stories, novels, etc.) text.
*The Figurative Language Web includes the 8 most common types of figurative language. I've included two copies: one with a space to record "Title" and "Author" for use when identifying figurative language in an anchor text of your choosing (i.e. poems, short stories, etc.) And one without, for note-taking with a general figurative language lesson where students can input the definitions of the various types of figurative language.
**This graphic organizer, as well as one for symbolism, tone/theme, and imagery is included in my "Poetry Unit- Analyzing Poetic Devices via SIFT." Or, you can purchase them separately: the symbolism graphic organizer is titled, "Symbolism Table," the tone/theme graphic organizer "Tone/Theme Flow Chart," and the imagery graphic organizer "Sensory Details T-Chart." They're also available at a discounted price if bought in a bundle labeled "Graphic Organizer Bundle ~ Symbolism, Imagery, Figurative Language, & Tone/Theme."
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