Before the Movie:


What’s an example of figurative language? (Think of something you may have heard or read)  (Tap prior knowledge)

Why might a writer exaggerate? (Predict)


During the Movie (Pause Points):


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 1:18: What’s the difference between literal and figurative language? (Compare and contrast)

Timecode 1:45:: Why are connotations more powerful than just stating something? (Compare and contrast)

Timecode 3:45: Why are metaphors more powerful than similes? Why are indirect metaphors even more effective?  (Identify cause/effect; Compare and contrast)

Timecode 5:38: How is this list of names an “allusion” to Mount Rushmore? And why are allusions an effective use of figurative language? (Summarize)

Timecode 6:07: Give an example of an onomatopoeia. (Make connections)  


After the Movie:

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Figurative Language topic. (Make connections)

Think of an advertisement you’ve seen that uses a figure of speech? Which figure of speech is it? Why or why isn’t it effective? (Apply knowledge

When would it be useful for a writer to use figurative language? When would it be better to use literal language? (Recall information)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Figurative Language Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing.  Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.