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Activity Overview


Kate DiCamillo uses many different types of figurative language throughout the story. Some other examples of figurative language that are used are similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and onomatopoeia. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate three examples of figurative language in The Tiger Rising. Teachers may want to give the students a list of examples, or have them do a “scavenger hunt” either as they read or as an activity after reading.

Examples of Figurative Language from The Tiger Rising

  • Page 2: “Fog was hugging the ground.” (Personification)

  • Page 3: “Waiting for him like chained and starved guard dogs, eager to attack.” (Simile)

  • Page 4: “He made all of his feelings go inside the suitcase.” (Personification)

  • Page 24: “The two of them sat apart from it all, as if their seat was an island in the sea of sweat and exhaust.” (Simile)

  • Page 35: “Her face was smooth and dark, like a beautiful piece of wood.” (Simile)

  • Page 39: “The bus coughed and sputtered and finally roared away.” (Personification)

  • Page 46: “Rob felt a familiar loneliness rise up and drape its arm over his shoulder.” (Personification)

  • Page 56: “Every night, the house lit up like a constellation, and they were all inside it together, the three of them.” (Simile)

  • Page 76: “At three o’clock, the school bus pulled up, belching and gasping and sighing.” (Personification)

  • Page 87: “He concentrated on that green. He let it seep through a crack in his suitcase of not-thoughts and fill his head up with color.” (Personification)

  • Page 101: “The truth circled over him and above him and then came and landed lightly on his shoulder.” (Personification)

  • Page 107: “The tiger stopped pacing and turned to stare at them both clinging like monkeys to the cage.” (Simile)

  • Page 121: “The tiny neon Kentucky Star rose and fell and rose and fell, competing bravely with the light of the morning sun.” (Personification)

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that illustrates and describes three examples of figurative language in the text.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write the type of figurative language in the heading.
  3. Write the example and page number in the description box. In addition, write what the author is intending to say, or the literal meaning.
  4. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and exit when you're finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

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

Rubric

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Figurative Language in a Story
Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language from the story: metaphors, similes, personification, etc. Include the type of figurative language in the title box along with the quote from the story. In the description box describe what the figurative language means in the context of the story. Add appropriate illustrations for each.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Examples of Figurative Language
There are three examples of figurative language.
There are two correct examples of figurative language.
Only one of the examples of figurative language is correct.
Types of Figurative Language
All three examples are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, or personification (or other) in the title box.
Two examples of figurative language are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, or personification (or other).
Only one example of figurative language is correctly identified as simile, metaphor, or personification (or other).
Illustrations
Illustrations depict the example of figurative language from the story with clear visuals of appropriate scenes, characters, items, etc.
Illustrations depict the example of figurative language from the story but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not make sense with the examples chosen.
Descriptions
There are descriptions for all three example of figurative language that correctly explain what the figurative language means in the context of the story.
One of the descriptions is missing or the descriptions do not fully explain what the figurative language means in the context of the story.
Two or more descriptions are missing or they do not explain what the figurative language means.





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