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Figurative Language Index

(8th grade)

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Figurative Language is used to create a picture in the reader's mind. It gives more meaning than literal language.

  • Explanation video of Figurative Language compared to Literal Language
  • Similes - comparisons between two different objects, using like, as, or than (or more/most or comparing words that end in -er/-est)
  • Metaphors - comparisons between two different objects, saying one thing is or was the other
  • Idioms - phrases that mean something very different from what the words seem to say
  • Personification - giving human characteristics or traits to nonliving objects
  • Onomatopoeia - words that sound like what they mean
  • Puns - using multiple meanings of words to create humor
  • Verbal irony - when a speaker says something opposite of what they mean (related to sarcasm)
  • Analogy - a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
  • 8th grade Figurative Language skills list to prepare for the unit test







Verbal Irony:


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