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Figurative Language

Sometimes called Literary Technique.  Understand, interpret, and use figurative language (e.g., metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, oxymoron, idiom, symbolism, imagery, irony, paradox, etc.) with appropriate (or specific) mode/audience, in multiple texts to evaluate the effect on meaning, setting, tone, theme, and mood.  Critique the author's (or authors') use (or uses) of figurative language in multiple texts to evaluate the author's (or authors') style (or styles).  Analyze the use of figurative language and imagery in dramatic texts. 

There are 29 videos in this category and 45 videos in 13 subcategories.

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Ages: 11 - 18
Atmosphere, Setting, Personification, Similes, Metaphors, Alliteration: ( An Interactive Activity)
From bbc.co.uk, produced by BBC.Com
This video defines the ways in which authors create setting: explicitly ( openly stated) and implicitly ( inferred).  The video also defines the following types of figurative language: personification, simile, metaphor, and alliteration.  Students ar... [more]
July 1, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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Ages: 15 - 18
The Power of Simple Words
From ted.com, produced by TED education
Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a messa... [more]
July 24, 2012 at 09:27 AM
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Ages: 9 - 18
Figurative Language
From schooltube.com
This is a great song that explains figurative language.  The song defines and gives examples of: hyperbole, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and assonance.  It is catchy and would make a good intro or review to figurative language.   (02:52)
September 6, 2012 at 01:31 PM
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Ages: 8 - 16
Literary Elements Found in Songs
From YouTube, produced by 104Teacher
Examples of Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration, and Hyperbole are found while exploring quick clips of today's hit music from artists such as Katy Perry, Selina Gomez, Green Day, Uncle Kracker, and Taylor Swift. Questions are provided to... [more]
February 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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Ages: 8 - 16
Figures of Speech Song
From YouTube, produced by Gary Eisenberg
Written by Gary Eisenberg, Math and Language Arts Enrichment Teacher. Padan Elementary, Vacaville Unified School District. Vacaville, CA. Help your students learn figures of speech such as simile, personification, etc. There is no instructor voice, j... [more]
September 22, 2009 at 09:48 PM
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Ages: 8 - 16
Poetic Devices Found in Popular Songs
From YouTube, produced by Binus International School Simprug
This is a student-made video about poetic devices and how they are used in various popular songs. Definitions are provided and examples of a simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and alliteration are underlined as the lyrics are posted on the... [more]
February 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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Ages: 8 - 18
Symphony in Slang
From YouTube, produced by Fred Quimby
This is a cartoon that uses figurative language. The story is about a man who goes to the gates of heaven and tells his life story in slang so that that St. Michael cannot understand him. This would be great for teaching idioms.  (03:32)
August 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Ages: 8 - 15
Figurative Language Rap Song
From YouTube
This rap song includes text on the screen so that you can follow along.  Some of the lyrics include: Sometimes what you mean is not exactly what you say.  That's figureative language, using words in different ways. Personification, alliteration, asso... [more]
November 10, 2011 at 09:24 PM
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Ages: 8 - 18
The Case Against "Good" and "Bad"
From ted.com, produced by TED education
Don’t take the easy route! Instead, use this little trick to improve your writing -- let go of the words “good” and “bad,” and push yourself to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate your world with language.  (04:53)
July 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
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Ages: 7 - 16
English Project for Poetic Devices in Music
From YouTube
This student-made project provides several definitions, examples, and explanations for poetic devices that are found in popular song.  Artists include Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift. (02:49)
February 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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