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Activity Overview


There are many examples of figurative language present throughout the novel Kira-Kira. In this activity, students will identify figurative language such as similes, metaphors, personification, etc. and illustrate the examples from the text.

Examples of Figurative Language in Kira-Kira

  • Simile:"In a few minutes hundreds of tissues sailed over the cornfield ... the tissues looked like giant butterflies ... Lynn could take a simple, everyday object like a box of Kleenex and use it to prove how amazing the world is."
  • Simile: "It was funny how so many people ignored my mother, but they were all fascinated by this little Japanese baby. Then, when he grew up, they would probably ignore him and treat him like an ant!”
  • Simile: “I watched a swatch of the sky turn red. The red spread like blood in the sea: red, red, red, and then less and less red, until there was only blue left. I squinted as the sun rose. I must have fallen asleep, because when I woke up, my father was carrying me into the house."
  • Simile: "They talked like their mouths were full of rubber bands!"
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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies figurative language such as similes, metaphors, or personification found in Kira-Kira. Illustrate each and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify figurative language from Inside Out and Back Again you wish to include and type them in the title box at the top.
  3. Create an image for examples that represent each symbol using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples in the black text box.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Figurative Language

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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