Warm Up Activities:
How to Complete for Credit
Each day (in a Google Doc) students are presented with an photograph. Students are asked to give that photograph a 2-3 word title that demonstrates figurative language such as Alliteration, Metaphor, or Simile. Students are then asked in three sentences to tell a story about that picture.
Answers for this figurative language title and short writing activity can be anything and the entire activity might not take more than 5 minutes. In addition to the language component, Warm Up Activities helps gets students logged in and ready to participate more in class.
A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things. The simile is usually in a phrase that begins with “as” or “like.”
He is as strong as a bull. or
Strong as a Bull
A metaphor of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.”
He is a bull.
Personification gives human traits and qualities, such as emotions, desires, sensations, gestures and speech, often by way of a metaphor. Personification is much used in visual arts. Examples in writing are “the leaves waved in the wind”, “the ocean heaved a sigh” or “the Sun smiled at us”.
An onomatopoeia is a word that actually looks like the sound it makes, and we can almost hear those sounds as we read. Here are some words that are used as examples of onomatopoeia: slam, splash, bam, babble, warble, gurgle, mumble, and belch. But there are hundreds of such words.
Alliteration is when you use words that have the same sound at the beginning, like “Stellar students synthesize sweet sentences.”