Descriptive Writing: Figurative Language Strategies


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Bringing you descriptive writing strategies has been like Christmas morning to me, and today might be my favorite strategy of them all. Have you guessed it yet? It’s figurative language! In the last episode in the series about descriptive writing, I’m sharing my favorite and effective figurative language strategies. 

First, let’s get on the same page. Figurative language is defined as the use of words in a way that deviates from the conventional order in meaning in order to convey a complicated meaning, colorful writing, clarity, or comparisons. Since this descriptive writing idea deviates from literal meanings, it can definitely be tricky for students to understand. However, the use of figurative language is a powerful way to express language, written expression, and keeping readers engaged.

As I’ve stated throughout this series, keep exposing your students to the various descriptive writing elements, but keep it on their level. Meaning, start small and at a level they understand, then work your way to more complex components. Here are seven figurative language strategies to start using in your classroom today. 

  1. Use figurative language in everyday speaking and writing
  2. Use select mentor text
  3. Read poetry
  4. Go on a figurative language hunt
  5. Finish the phrase
  6. Figurative leads and figurative conclusions
  7. Make it art

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it one last time – writing is hard! It can especially be hard for students when they’re working on making it more descriptive, but I hope throughout this series, you’ve learned an abundance of ways to get your students to be more descriptive that will make their writing extremely powerful. Soon, it’ll become as easy as pie!

In this episode on figurative language strategies, I share:
  • 7 figurative language strategies to start using in your classroom
  • The importance of starting simple when exposing your students to figurative language
  • A list of books you could use to show figurative language in your classroom
  • How asking questions about the author’s use of figurative language in a text helps students understand its meaning and purpose
  • The most natural way to incorporate figurative language for your students
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I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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