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Interpreting Figurative Language - Worksheets

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    Curriculum:  AUS V8

  • Year

    Year:  5 - 6

Explore figurative language in poetry with this age-appropriate poem and accompanying vocabulary questions.

What Is Figurative Language?

Figurative language does not have an everyday, literal meaning. It is used by writers to make a comparison, or for dramatic effect. Some examples of figurative language are:

  • Alliteration: The repetition of the same sound at the start of a word.
  • Simile: Phrases that use ‘like’ or ‘as’ to compare one object to another.
  • Personification: Giving non living things human characteristics.

When teaching figurative language such as similes and metaphors, it can often be challenging to locate age-appropriate examples to use with our students. We are here to help!

Examples of Figurative Language in Poetry

This set of figurative language worksheets has been designed specifically to give your students practice in identifying and interpreting figurative language in poetry. Students are required to read the poem Falling Leaves (written by Teach Starter’s very own Stephanie Mulrooney), then identify, interpret and consider the effects of alliteration, simile and personification within the poem. Students are also required to make up their own examples of alliteration, simile and personification using the poem for inspiration.

Multiple Applications for This Figurative Language Worksheet

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity as a:

  • guided group activity
  • whole-class lesson
  • homework assignment
  • summative assessment.

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As this resource contains an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy, then photocopy the desired number of worksheets for your class.

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