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Teaching Figurative Language with Media

I found a few video clips from YouTube that help advertise different types of figurative language and literary terms in class.  To read more about my philosophy and approach to using media and visuals, read this post.

With SMARTBoards and Edmodo, it is easy to share these videos with students during class or at home.

Onomatopoeia is usually pretty easy for students by the middle school level. As part of my effort to reach all learners with visuals and a media tie-in, I love to introduce onomatopoeia with this seemingly unrelated, but ironically related, video.

Nothing says personification like talking teapots, dancing silverware, and frisky feather-dusters.

This YouTube video covers the following: symbolism, foreshadowing, flashback, atmosphere, and plot twists with Disney clips. There is a short “quiz” at the end.

You could also use BYOT to have students create their own videos on these concepts.

For example, this video featuring “Hyberbole Man” would work for older students 7th grade and up. It is full of hyperboles and is probably pretty funny to teenagers. Better yet, it might be a nice kick-off for a project where students create their own hyperbole movies.

Lastly, this video links figurative language to pop music lyrics.  With examples of Katie Perry, Selena Gomez, Green Day, Uncle Kracker, and Taylor Swift…this should be pretty easy for students to relate to.  I think students would enjoy listening to music and finding lyrics using figurative language, as well as making their own videos.


How do you teach figurative language in your classroom?

Do you have a favorite app for making videos?

Please share your ideas!

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9 responses

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  2. the boxing vid. is so so funny

  3. lol so funny im really learning.

  4. I used the Katie Perry et al video last year and gave my students a notes sheet to complete as they watched.

    Another fun site is Animoto. Teachers can apply for free teacher accounts that come with 50 free student accounts and unlimited video time!

    1. You had me at “free!” I will have to check it out!

      1. Thanks! I think my kids did too. Many of them drew the pics on their planning sheet yesterday as we were brainstorming personal experiences with conflict for a writing assignment. They “like the two dudes fighting the best”.

  5. These are really good resources. Thanks for sharing.

    1. So glad you think they will be useful!

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