Figure of Speech Teacher Resources

A great lesson in hand is worth two in the planner!

That may not be the exact figure of speech, but you’ll find the original—plus many, many more—in Lesson Planet’s teacher-selected collection of language arts resources. Ideal for English learners, mainstream students, and young authors, our lessons and classroom materials are perfect for a focus on idioms.

Introduce figures of speech to the class with a rundown of over 200 idioms listed in alphabetical order. Challenge language arts students to a PowerPoint game in which they match idioms to their literal meanings, or get more in-depth with figures of speech with an engaging lesson.

When in doubt, focus on food! A lesson on food-related idioms is sure to entice hungry writers. For older students, a worksheet that features popular figures of speech in the works of William Shakespeare is a great way to bring literary analysis into a literature lesson.

We’ll cut to the chase: when you’re down to the wire when planning a unit on idioms, keep your chin up. You’ll go head over heels for our high-quality resources—and no, we’re not pulling your leg!

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Figures of Speech Slide Show

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This slide show on figures of speech includes definitions, images, and examples from real texts for several common terms: metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, irony, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and imagery. The presentation is...
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Figures of Speech: Quiz 2

For Students 7th - 12th
Hyperbole, simile, metaphor, and personification are spotlighted on an online/interactive quiz. Test takers read short passages and then identify the figures of speech used.
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Figures of Speech: Poetry of Alice Walker

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Define figures of speech with your high schoolers. They listen to you read aloud the Alice Walker poem "Did This Happen to Your Mother? Did Your Sister Throw Up a Lot?" Then they identify and analyze any figures of speech found in the...
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Figures of Speech

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Give your learners quick definitions of simile, metaphor, and analogy. As the first slide in this PowerPoint suggests, you can use the presentation as a warm-up and have scholars record the words and their meanings in a Literary Terms...
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Figures of Speech Quotes and Examples

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Providing several examples of figures of speech, such as irony, paradox, and personification, this presentation could complement your lecture on pragmatic humor or humor in writing. Examples from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in...
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Figures of Speech Worksheet # 1

For Students 3rd - 8th
Use this basic six-item sheet to review meanings of common idioms in English. Idioms are underlined in sentences provided; learners need to write the meaning of each on the lines below.
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Let's Focus on Idioms

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Get online and explore idioms. Your class will use the Internet to locate, choose, and illustrate their favorite idioms. They make a class PowerPoint with illustrations for their idioms and explain the meaning of each. A great way to...
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Figures of Speech Presentation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If used as part of an exploration of figures of speech, this short presentation defining similes, metaphors, and analogies could be used as a review tool in an English classroom. A teacher could augment this resource with more examples...
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Idioms

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
It's just a figure of speech, but this app is, in a nutshell, bursting at the seams with idioms. In just two shakes of a lamb's tail, learners can study, search for, and test their knowledge of the included expressions.
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Figures of Speech: Understanding Idioms

For Students 5th - 6th
A quick check for comprehension of idioms provides learners a chance to distinguish the literal from the figurative meaning of English expressions. Each of five example sentences contains an idiom and comes with three possible meanings...
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Figure of Speech

For Students 5th - 6th
For this figures of speech worksheet, students read the sentences and then write down what they think the underlined figure of speech means.
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Figures of Speech Worksheet #2

For Students 4th - 5th
In this grammar learning exercise, students examine underlined figures of speech in 6 sentences. They write down what the figure of speech means on the blank lines under each sentence.
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Flora and Fauna as Figures of Speech

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
What a lovely way to incorporate artwork into your language arts lesson. View artwork in illustrated manuscript pages, depicting insects, animals, plants, flowers, and ornate writing in the Getty Museum. Practice using figurative...
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Idioms: Get the Ball Rolling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Based on books written by Fred Gwynne, particularly A Little Pigeon Toad, this resource connects the language of idioms and figures of speech with visuals that make explicit the often humorous connections between the literal and...
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Idioms Quiz: Animals 2

For Students 5th - 6th
Kill two birds with one stone with a worksheet that not only gives practice using idioms but also has a technology link as well. Learners answer the 10 multiple choice questions of an online interactive quiz about the meaning of idioms...
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Common Idioms 5

For Students 3rd - 7th
If you have been analyzing idioms, you can assess your learners' grasp of their figurative meanings with this 10-question matching exercise. Or you could give the sheet to groups to foster discussion about literal versus figurative...
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Idioms Quiz: Anatomy-Based Expressions

For Students 6th - 7th
An online worksheet provides opportunities to assess comprehension of 10 common adages based on anatomy vocabulary. Learners complete a multiple choice quiz (and can check answers with a single click) about the meaning of common...
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Idioms for the ELD Learner

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Idiomatic expressions can be one of the trickiest parts of the English language. English learners use a variety of technological devices to create SmartBoard pages about idioms. Each person creates a portrayal of an idiom for the...
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Idioms

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Kill two birds with one stone with a fun language arts lesson on idioms. Not only will students learn about this interesting form of figurative language by listening to a Walking Classroom podcast, they will also get some exercise by...
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Figures of Speech

For Students 5th - 6th
In this figures of speech worksheet, students read the sentences with the figures of speech in each sentence. Students then write down what they think the underlined figure of speech means.
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Reading the Play

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Do figures of speech enhance a play or story? In small groups, learners locate and describe figures of speech they find while reading a reader's theater play. After making predictions, they describe how the figures of speech make the...
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Poetry in Depth

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Scholars use technology to explore poetry and its related elements, such as theme, figures of speech, and other literary devices. They complete four poetry projects including a poem analysis with a concept web, an interactive poem...
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Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Introduce your class to the delights of nonsense poetry and explore literary devices with the writing of Edward Lear. Learners identify rhyme and meter as well as figures of speech, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in "The Owl and the...
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Idioms

For Students 3rd - 6th
Here is a simple list of 21 idioms for which learners are supposed to write the figurative meanings. I'd extend it to include either drawing pictures or group discussions to build meaning rather than just assigning it as individual work.

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