Activity Overview

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn uses several examples of figurative language including personification and idioms. In this activity, students can display their understanding of figurative language by identifying the examples and creating a literal and/or figurative portrayal of the language.

"a white to make a body sick"

The first example is personification, which describes how Pap looks when he arrives, “There waran’t no color in his face, where his face showed it was white; not like another man’s white, but a white to make a body sick, a white to make a body’s flesh crawl – a tree toad white, a fish belly white.”

"slap down a line"

The second example describes the poetic creativity of Emmeline Grangerford, “He said she would slap down a line, and if she couldn’t find anything to rhyme it with she would just scratch it out and slap down another one, and go ahead.”

"thick as thieves"

The last example demonstrates the King and Duke’s close friendship and how they got drunk together on the raft; “So the King sneaked into the wigwam, and took to his bottle for comfort; and before long the Duke tackled his bottle; and so in about a half an hour they was as thick as thieves again, and the tighter they got, the lovinger they got…”

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies and illustrates literal or figurative language in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify three different examples of figurative language.
  3. Put the quote in the description box.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

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


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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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