Figurative Language Activity|The House of Mango Street

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House on Mango Street - Similes and Metaphors

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Figurative language is used frequently in The House of Mango Street, most notably in the chapter, "Hair". Four common forms of figurative language are metaphor, simile, personification, and hyperbole.



Type

Definition

Example

Metaphor an implied comparison between two thingsHer smile was a ray of sunshine on a dreary day.
Simile a comparison using the words "like" or "as"The thorn cut like a razor.
Personification giving human-like characteristics to non-human objectsThe wind whispered its secrets through the trees.
Hyperbole use of exaggeration to prove a pointThis traffic light is taking forever!


Find three or more examples of figurative language and, using a T-Chart, create two columns: one quoting the book with matching illustration, and the second showing the figurative language with an illustration of what it would literally look like. For example: along with “Papa’s hair is like a broom”, the cell might show Papa with actual brooms on his head.


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Create a storyboard that shows examples of figurative language in The House of Mango Street.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of figurative language in the text.
  3. Put the type of figurative language (such as simile or metaphor) in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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