The Wednesday Wars Figurative Language

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The Wednesday Wars Figurative Language

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Holling uses many instances of figurative language when recounting his story in The Wednesday Wars. Many of his exaggerated claims or dramatic comparisons lend humor to his tale. Storyboards can be a helpful way for students to explore these figurative meanings. Have students search for examples of metaphor, simile, personification, idiom, or hyperbole in the text. Next, ask them to depict each example and explain its meaning and significance below.


Examples of Figurative Language in The Wednesday Wars

Hyperbole Exaggeration or overstatement for humor or emphasis

"Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun. Me."

Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as'

"She slashed through my answers with a broad swathe of bright red ink. It looked like my test was bleeding to death."

Metaphor An implied comparison between two things

"I was to come to the Principal's office ... I headed off to Death Row."

Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas

"There were the demon rats ... their eyes filled with the Big M - Murder! ... The faster I ran, the more their yellow hatred grew..."



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Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language in The Wednesday Wars.


  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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