The Phantom Tollbooth is full of figurative language including:
In this activity, students will directly quote figurative language from the text, and display their understanding by creating a literal and figurative portrayal of it. In this novel, the figurative language is frequently meant literally in context, as shown in Example 3. Comprehending the figurative language is essential to comprehending the plot as a whole.
The first example includes several idioms:
“The duke here can make mountains out of molehills. The minister splits hairs. The count makes hay while the sun shines. The earl leaves no stone unturned.”
The second example demonstrates personification and alliteration:
“The late-afternoon sunlight leaped lightly from leaf to leaf, slid along branches and down trunks, and dropped finally to the ground in warm, luminous patches.”
The last quote is also an example of an idiom:
“I didn’t know that I was going to have to eat my words.”
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Figurative LanguageCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth.
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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 show attention to the details of the story and demonstrate connection to the figurative language.
Illustrations demonstrate connection to the figurative language.
Illustrations do not make sense with the examples chosen.
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