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Figurative Language

February 8, 2013

In the past few weeks we learned about figurative language in Mrs.Mattis’s class. We learned about alliterations, idioms, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and personification. Mrs. Mattis first introduced us with the topic then showed us a PowerPoint presentation with the definition and a few examples. We then wrote them down in our writing notebooks with one example that we made up or if we couldn’t think of any we used one from the PowerPoint. Here is an example of a hyperbole, “ My homework pile for this week is as tall as the Eiffel Tower.” Hyperbole in a huge exaggeration, so what I really meant was that I had a big stack of homework to do.

Hyperbole’s were my favorite to learn, but my second favorite was the metaphors. I had a real hard time finding examples for this because you CAN’T use like or as in the sentence. Mrs. Mattis told us something to help us make an example. First, you make a simile such as “Your eyes shine red like roses.” Then, all you do is replace as or like with another word or get rid of them to make the sentence true. So, “Your shining eyes are red roses” is a metaphor.

This was an interesting subject to learn. It was kind of hard to remember the definitions to all of them.


Kobe, 6 grade student in Mrs. Mattis’s language arts class, Riverside


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