Examples of Figurative Language in Matilda

Examples of Figurative Language in Matilda
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Matilda Lesson Plans

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro

Matilda by Roald Dahl is a novel about an extraordinary young girl. Despite having a family who doesn't care about her, Matilda’s brilliance, charm, and special powers keep readers rooting for her from beginning to end. This is a great lesson plan for elementary to teach figurative language, themes, and analyzing characters.


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Matilda Figurative Language - simile

Storyboard Text

  • We will just have to put up with her.
  • "In the space of thirty seconds the atmosphere in the tiny room had changed completely and now it was vibrating with awkwardness and secrets." (page 194)
  • "The parents looked upon Matilda in particular as nothing more than a scab. A scab is something you have to put up with until the time comes when you can pick it off and flick it away." (page 6)
  • "She saw the child white in the face, as white as paper, trembling all over..." (page 175)
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