Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Figurative Language, and addresses the standard of interpreting the meaning of language in context. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects. through a variety of creative projects.



  • Display these two statements:
    Priya ran fast.
    Priya ran like the wind.
  • Ask students how the sentences are alike and different. Which can they picture in their mind? Why are they able to picture it?  



  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. See Discussion Prompts.
  • Have students read one of the three Related Readings. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.


Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a commercial promoting a new product, such as sneakers, toothpaste, breakfast cereal, etc. Include a slogan in your ad that uses one form of figurative language: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, allusion, or onomatopoeia.
  • Make-a-Map: Identify the types of figurative language and add them to a spider map. Connect an example to each type. Try to use original ones; not ones from the movie!
  • Creative Coding: Code a newscast that uses figurative language in the headline.  



Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they learned about figurative language. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 


  • When might figurative language be more effective than literal language?
  • Where are some places you’ve noticed figurative language? How did it help strengthen the message?


If time allows, return attention to the statements from the beginning. Ask: Why is the statement “Priya ran like the wind” an example of figurative language?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Figurative Language Quiz.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments