Figurative Language, by e Skills Learning, is just what every English/ELA teacher needs in their pocket! Bruce Brown, of e Skills Learning, has a great formula going here and continues to develop excellent educational tools for use at home or in the classroom.
e Skills Minimod Figurative Language helps students practice and master the important language skills of recognizing and understanding figurative language. Figurative language is speech or writing that departs from a literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect. While there are many types of figurative language, this app focuses on: onomatopoeia, idiom, alliteration, simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, cliché and synecdoche (a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships).
This app, as with all of the e Skills Leaning apps, is carefully aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Students can play in either a practice mode or a game mode. The game mode incorporates a bingo game which keeps kids engaged “forever” as they are determined to win that bingo game. *Note, you no longer need to fill the whole board for bingo, a recent update from recommendations. Students are learning much-needed language concepts while having FUN playing, so if they want to continue playing is there any harm in that? Students read a short sentence, then practice their understanding of figurative language by choosing the best explanation out of three that fits each literary term. The app incorporates photographs, (many funny) which keep students entertained and engaged. Figurative Language offers three levels of play, with controlled vocabulary and three ways to play: practice, single player, or multiplayer. This playing with a partner feature is key for the classroom setting. Also, a detailed teacher’s guide is available for download on the publisher’s website www.eskillslearning.net.
Levels of Play:
Red Level – Identifying similes, metaphors, personification, and their correct meanings.
Blue Level – Identifying onomatopoeia, idiom, alliteration, and their correct meanings.
Green Level – Identifying cliché, hyperbole, and synecdoche and their correct meanings.