Marvelous Mythological March Madness

Figurative Language

by mocomiani. From Visually.

March in 4C is an exciting time! The tulips are popping up all over the Netherlands and our students are working away at writing their very own myths. As part of this unit, we review and introduce new types of figurative language, which is something I love teaching to students, especially international students because they have so many languages and experiences they can draw upon.

Figurative language can be a challenge to teach, but thanks to some Taylor Swift and Lone Star songs, we are pretty well on our way. We are finding songs in pop culture, analyzing them and identifying the literary device the author has used. We started simple, by reviewing simile, metaphor, and alliteration. I used the video Mean by Taylor Swift and gave the students a print out of the lyrics. We watched the video, they were off, finding evidence of figurative language from the lyrics.


I have activities like this for:

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration
  • Idioms
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Allusion
  • Hyperbole

The only problem I was having was that the activities were so time-consuming and with spring in full gear, we are beginning to loose a lot of class time to things like concerts, international day and student-led conferences. I was trying to figure out the best way to teach all of these devices without having to take up a whole lot of class time.

Enter the infographic! My plan is to introduce this infographic to my students and send them on a hunt for figurative language. I will have a variety of myths around the classroom to read, which will cover all of the different types of figurative language.

Their mission:

  • Find an example of each type of figurative language.
  • Take a picture of it on your iPad and post it to our class Padlet on figurative language.

Our connection to writing will be to use this infographic as a resource and a checklist, trying to include at least 5 different types of figurative language in their own writing. The beauty of this is that students will gain exposure to each of the different types of figurative language, without having to loose too much class time with direct instruction.

Wish me luck!


Jennifer Byrnes

My name is Jen and this is my 10th year as an educator. I am a fourth-grade teacher at the American School of the Hague. I have lived and worked in the US, Uk, Italy, China and the Netherlands. I have taught grades K-4.

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