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Activity Overview


Maniac Magee is full of figurative language: similes, metaphors, and hyperbole.

In this activity, students can display their understanding of figurative language by identifying the examples and creating a literal and figurative portrayal of the language.

  • The sentence, “The Cobras figured that Maniac would get out of East End in about as good shape as a bare big toe in a convention of snapping turtles” shows that the Cobras believe Maniac will meet a lot of trouble in the East End.

  • The sentence, “His smile was so wide he’d have to break it into sections to fit it through a doorway”, shows that Grayson is very happy.

  • “Would Finsterwald’s long, bony hand dart out, quick as a lizard’s tongue, and snatch poor Maniac?” This sentence shows the kids are worried that the mysterious Mr. Finsterwald will kidnap Maniac.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Figurative Language

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • [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.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows illustrations of figurative language from Maniac Magee.


  1. Find three examples of figurative language in the text. Type the quotes in the description boxes.
  2. Identify the type figurative language:
    • Simile
    • Metaphor
    • Personification
    • Hyperbole
  3. In each cell, show what the actual words say on one side, and what the words mean on the other.



Rubric

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Literal and Figurative Language
Create a storyboard that shows illustrations of the literal meaning and intended meaning of three examples of figurative language from the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Examples of Figurative Language
There are three examples of figurative language in the description boxes.
There are two correct examples of figurative language in the description boxes.
Only one of the examples of figurative language is correct.
Types of Figurative Language
All three examples are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Two examples of figurative language are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Only one example of figurative language is correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Illustrations of Literal and Intended Meanings
Illustrations show both the literal meaning of the text and the intended meaning of the figurative language.
Illustrations show either literal meaning or intended meaning, but not both.
Illustrations do not make sense with the examples chosen.




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