This handout for students in grades 5-8 will introduce, or enhance previous knowledge of, figurative language techniques. Rather than defining the terms covered in this lesson, I have exemplified them. Based on the verbal illustrations of each technique, students can then write their own definitions, and check the dictionary for their accuracy.
Students will then read and analyze in terms of style an original short story that features all of the figurative language previously examined in the list. They will highlight and mark evidence of each technique, noting that many overlap. Then, using the opening words from each paragraph of the story, students will write their own short stories with the goal of including as much figurative language as possible. Students will trade stories, evaluate them with partners, and revise per the suggestions and comments they receive. I RECOMMEND USING MY "EDITING CHECKLIST" (ALSO AVAILABLE IN MY STORE) TO GUIDE STUDENT REVISIONS.
Revisions can be shared aloud, as an added exercise in dramatic reading (students could read their own works or their partner's--teacher's choice). Those students who wish to try publishing their stories could submit them to a youth-written magazine online (some such publications are listed at the end of this lesson).
My students have created thoughtful, memorable fiction with this prompt--a true pride-inducer! Please let me know how your kids' works turn out by commenting on my store site.