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Activity Overview


Figurative language can be found in any poem, and add richness to the imagery and meaning. Angelou uses several literary elements in her poem "Caged Bird". Some of these include metaphor, personification, alliteration, and repetition. The use of these elements creates imagery and feeling for the reader. For this activity, students will choose 3 elements and create a storyboard to describe and illustrate them. Teachers may assign elements for students to identify, or allow them to choose on their own!


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Identify, describe, and illustrate 3 literary elements in “Caged Bird”.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the heading, state the type of literary element.
  3. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, and items.
  4. In the description box, briefly describe the element.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Figurative Language

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

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