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What is Figurative Language?

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An overview of the concept of figurative language.

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    • What is Figurative Language?
    • What is Figurative Language?“My grandpa says I’m really bright!” In the sentence above, bright is not meant to be understood literally. The sentence does not refer to the boy as shiny or lit up.
    • What is Figurative Language? Words, phrases, and sentences that are meant to be understood exactly word-for- word are literal. Words, phrases, and sentences that are not meant to be understood word-for- word are figurative.
    • Take the Challenge! The sentences on thefollowing slides containfigurative language. See if you can pick out thesentence below it that bestexplains the figurativelanguage.
    • 1.Which choice best expresses the meaning of thefigurative language used in the sentence?Marissa is such a fast reader thatshe gulps down novels.A. Marissa eats paperback novels.B. Marissa reads many novels very quickly.C. Marissa is confused by what she reads.
    • 1.Marissa is such a fast reader thatshe gulps down novels.A. Marissa eats paperback novels.B. Marissa reads many novels very quickly.C. Marissa is confused by what she reads.
    • 2.Which choice best expresses the meaning of the figurativelanguage used in the sentence?Rudy has hands that are likesandpaper.A. Rudy’s hands have sand glued to them.B. Rudy’s hands have been rubbed smooth.C. Rudy’s hands are dry and very rough.
    • 2.Rudy has hands that are likesandpaper.A. Rudy’s hands have sand glued to them.B. Rudy’s hands have been rubbed smooth.C. Rudy’s hands are dry and very rough.
    • 3.Which choice best expresses the meaning of the figurativelanguage used in the sentence?Before a big test, Jason is asnervous as a racehorse before arace.A. Jason runs very fast.B. Jason keeps moving around and can’t stay still.C. Jason can easily kick and hurt someone.
    • 3.Before a big test, Jason is asnervous as a racehorse before arace.A. Jason runs very fast.B. Jason keeps moving around and can’t stay still.C. Jason can easily kick and hurt someone.
    • 4.Which choice best expresses the meaning of the figurativelanguage used in the sentence?When Sheila is hurt or unhappy, shepulls herself into her shell, like aturtle.A. Sheila withdraws from other people when she is upset.B. Sheila gets angry and shouts when she is upset.C. Sheila moves very slowly when she is upset.
    • 4.When Sheila is hurt or unhappy,she pulls herself into her shell, likea turtle.A. Sheila withdraws from other people when she is upset.B. Sheila gets angry and shouts when she is upset.C. Sheila moves very slowly when she is upset.
    • What is Figurative Language? Many figurative expressions, like theone using bright, have been used formany years. Their meanings are familiarto many people. Good writers try to create freshfigurative expressions to get their ideasacross. These new expressions oftenrequire more thought by a reader.
    • What is Figurative Language?“With his long, powerful legs, David is agreyhound among beagles when he competesin the 440-yard dash.” Luis, who is a very fast runner, is comparedto a greyhound. That dog, which has long,powerful legs, is known for its speed. In fact,the greyhound is used as a racing dog. Other runners are described as beagles,dogs with short legs who do not run very fast.
    • Take the Challenge! Choose the sentence fromthe pairs of sentences on thenext slides that use figurativelanguage.
    • 5.Which sentence uses figurative language?A. When Howie is in the pool, he’s a fish.B. When Howie is in the pool, he can swim better than anyone else.
    • 5.A. When Howie is in the pool, he’s a fish.B. When Howie is in the pool, he can swim better than anyone else.
    • 6.Which sentence uses figurative language?A. It’s so hot outside; the temperature has been over a hundred degrees every day this week!B. It’s so hot outside; I feel like I’ve been standing under a rocket that has blasted off!
    • 6.A. It’s so hot outside; the temperature has been over a hundred degrees every day this week!B. It’s so hot outside; I feel like I’ve been standing under a rocket that has blasted off!
    • 7.Which sentence uses figurative language?A. Richard eats too much, too fast.B. Richard cleans up food like a human vacuum cleaner.
    • 7.A. Richard eats too much, too fast.B. Richard cleans up food like a human vacuum cleaner.
    • 8.Which sentence uses figurative language?A. When it comes to remembering what other people say, Linda has tape recorders for ears.B. When it comes to remembering what other people say, Linda can repeat every word.
    • 8.A. When it comes to remembering what other people say, Linda has tape recorders for ears.B. When it comes to remembering what other people say, Linda can repeat every word.
    • 9.Which sentence uses figurative language?A. As the storm passed, the sky turned a very white color.B. As the storm passed, the sky changed color and looked like curdled milk.
    • 9.A. As the storm passed, the sky turned a very white color.B. As the storm passed, the sky changed color and looked like curdled milk.