Use picture books to teach figurative language to middle school students. Picture books are a novelty for middle schoolers and they are confident when picture books are placed in front of them. This is a great lesson for working on figurative language and understanding inferences from those figurative meanings. Also is helpful for struggling readers.
Everyone loves a good picture books, and struggling middle school students sometimes need images to get the meaning of a story.
Picture books often have rich text that includes many examples of figurative language. Helps them think about theme and visualize what the intended meaning would be.
This lesson is a worksheet that teaches students how to make read figurative language and make the connection between what is said and what message it conveys. Uses a graphic organizer layout to help students organize ideas.
I have found it is best to bring in an example and have the students fill in as a class as you read one of the worksheets, and then either letting them work with a partner or on their own if they are confident enough a separate book. I often use many different picture books, and any picture book you have available that uses figurative language will do.
Some examples of titles I have used in the past include:
Up North at the Cabin by Martha Wilson Chall
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
This Place in the Snow by Rebecca Bond
I Took the Moon For a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom by Kelly DiPucchio
ANY picture book with figurative language would work for this lesson, so you can select your own resources.
Lesson is editable.