Literary Elements The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

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Monsters on Maple St. Figurative Language

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Most short stories and screenplays are rich in figurative language and literary elements. These are used to enhance the symbols, motifs, and themes within the plot. Monsters on Maple Street is no exception. The use of simile, metaphor, personification, and onomatopoeia is abundant.

A great activity for students to complete after reading the story is to go on a scavenger hunt! Give them a list of figurative language to find and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element in the story! They will have an absolute blast and master the words by the end.


Elements of Figurative Language - Motifs of Hysteria and Animal-like Behavior!

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Metaphor An implied comparison between two things “Maple Street was bedlam. It was an outdoor asylum for the insane.”

"A fever had taken hold now, a hot burning virus..."
Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as' "They blinked foolishly at the lights, and their mouths gaped like fishes"

"Like a hippopotamus in a circus"
Onomatopoeia The spelling of a word mimics the sound it represents "Everyone on the street looked up at the sound of the whoosh."
Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas "The dull, dumb, blind prejudice of the man"


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Create a storyboard that shows different literary elements and use of figurative language in The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.


  1. Review your list of literary elements.
  2. Look for examples of literary elements from the text.
  3. Illustrate each example using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Type in a description of what the literary element does to enhance the story.

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