Warm Up Activities:
How to Complete for Credit
Each day students are presented with an photograph. Students are asked to give the photograph a 2-3 word title that demonstrates figurative language such as Alliteration, Metaphor, or Simile. Students are then asked to tell a story about that picture (in three sentences).
Answers for this figurative language title and short writing activity are encouraged to be creative and the entire activity might not take more than five minutes. In addition to the language component, Warm Up Activities help get students logged in and ready to participate more actively 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.”