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Identifying Descriptive and Figurative Language Worksheets

PDF | 5 pages|Grades: 5 - 6

A set of 3 worksheets to help your students identify descriptive and figurative language in narrative texts.

Students read the three narrative texts provided and identify the descriptive and figurative language features. These include:

  • using a range of verb types, written in past tense
  • using adjectives and adverbs to describe nouns and verbs
  • using imagery (simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia)
  • using emotive words and phrases
  • using direct speech
  • using connecting words and phrases to link events together.

The texts included are:

  • The Thunderstorm
  • The Forest Path
  • The Park.

Answers for teachers are also provided.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1508

    Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or ideaElaborationslearning how to expand a description by combining a related set of nou...

  • ACELT1611

    Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odesElaborationsdiscussing how figurative language including simile and metaphor can ...

  • ACELA1523

    Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choice of verbs, elaborated tenses and a range of adverb groups/phrasesElaborationsknowing that verbs often represent actions and that the choice of more expressive verbs makes an act...

  • ACELT1617

    Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verseElaborationsidentifying how language choice and imagery build emotional connection and engagement with th...

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I really really like these activities but I think they would be enhanced if each colour had a specific meaning eg: green was only used for verbs, red is only used for noun related concepts, etc
This way the students will retain an understanding from one sheet to the next.

Casey · Mar 29th, 2017

That’s a really good idea, Casey. Thank you for the suggestion!

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Apr 10th, 2017

Resource Updates

  • Two small inconsistencies in "The Forest Path" text have been corrected so that the text matches the answers passage.

    Fix by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Sep 3rd, 2020

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