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‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone


Today, we are going to investigate the use of figurative language.

Figurative language is when you use a word or a phrase that does not have its normal every day, literal meaning.

For example, similes, metaphors and personification.

We have looked at these many times in class but below is a table to remind you of some examples for each one. 









A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind. Often using the word as or like for the comparison.

A figure of speech that is used to make a comparison between two things that aren't alike but do have something in common.

Usually made by stating something is something else.

The attribution of human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.


Bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.

The bomb is a bully.

The smell of burning hit me at once.les 

Your task today is to look at the image below and write some words and phrases that will help you to write a descriptive paragraph tomorrow about the explosion.


Think of this as your plan. If you can, write down the figurative language you use in different colours so you can see how much you have included.


For example, write down all the similes in blue writing pen. Write down all the metaphors in pencil and write down all the personification phrases in purple pen (you don’t need to use these exact colours)

There are lots of examples in the book that you can magpie (use in your own work) and you can also come up with some of your own. Try and come up with at least 5 examples for each figurative language (simile, metaphor and personification) and then also write down some examples of good description that you could also include. For example: An eerie silence...


You can either type up your ideas on a word document or you can write them in your book.

Try and include as many ideas as you can as this will help you with your work tomorrow.


Below is the image:

Below is a copy of Chapter 1: