Personification (Figurative Language)

Personification is the quality of giving nonhuman objects human qualities. We do this more often than we think in everyday oral communication. The GrammarSong video “Personification” has a bit of an eerie feel as “non-human things act just like they’re alive!” The video provides example after example, laying a foundation for student understanding.

Melissa's Teaching Tips

Fourth Grade

  • Complete grammar sheets “Identifying Personification.”
    • Extra Engagement: Use the material presented within the grammar sheet as a whole class smart board or interactive white board lesson.
  • Connect the concept of personification to writing by completing the grammar sheet “Using Personification.”
  • Look for examples of personification in real literature or when reading in a basal text. Encourage young writers to add personification to their narratives.

***See activities at the end of fifth grade for activities incorporating multiple types of figurative language simultaneously.

Fifth Grade

  • If necessary, review grammar sheets “Identifying Personification."
    • Extra Engagement: Use the information presented within the sheets to model sentences on a white board or smart board to create a whole class lesson. Cut the sheet apart, gluing the related answers from the answer key on the back to use within a cooperative learning structure or as a self-checking center activity.
  • Connect the concept of personification to writing by completing the grammar sheet “Using Personification.”
  • Look for examples of personification in real literature or when reading in a basal text. Encourage young writers to add personification to their narratives.
***Review multiple forms of figurative language simultaneously by Using the “Figurative Language 'I Do...We Do...' Introduction” activity using a smart board or interactive white board. Complete the “Hands-On Figurative Language Lesson.”

***As a teacher-led center activity, complete the “Analyzing Figurative Language” activity. For independent follow-up, or using a partner or cooperative learning structure, complete grammar sheets “Figurative Language Fiesta” and “Figurative Language Comprehensive Review.”

identifying_personification_with_answer_key.pdf
using_personification_with_answer_key.pdf
figurative_language_i_do_-_we_do_intro.pdf
hands-on_figurative_language_lesson.pdf
analyzing_figurative_language_with_answer_key.pdf
figurative_language_fiesta__with_answer_key.pdf
figurative_language_comprehensive_review_with_answer_key.pdf
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