Authors will often use figurative language to make writing more interesting and enjoyable to read. The use of these literary devices, or writing tools, allows a reader to make connections and to deepen his or her own thinking. Even though figurative language is very common in books, music, and media, children often have a hard time understanding these literary devices.



Because of your intelligence and creativity, you have been hired as a poetry editor for WikiBooks Company, an online book publisher. You will be compiling a collection of amateur poetry to use in a new book on figurative language. This book needs to teach students about commonly used literary devices and give examples from amateur poetry.

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1. Visit my Wikispace page to learn about figurative language.
  • Review the Prezi, video clips, and online games and quizzes on my page.
  • Become an expert on 8 commonly used figurative language literary devices: alliteration, assonance, similes, metaphors, imagery, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and personification



2. Visit the Scholastic amateur poetry page. After picking a grade level to explore, read several amateur poems and look for each of the figurative language devices.
Alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor, imagery, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, & personification
  • Copy the poem and make sure you copy the author’s name too.
  • Make sure you copy the poem down exactly as it was written, remember that spelling and grammar rules do not apply to poetry.


3. Once you two have excellent examples of each literary device, visit the story-creation website. You will spend a lot of time exploring how to use this website and how to write and illustrate your poetry examples.

  • An adult or another student can help you set up account to get started.
  • You will need at least two pages for each device. One page explains and defines the type of figurative language. The other page has your examples.
  • If you want to add an additional page for each device to write your own example, whether as a sentence or in a poem, feel free!
  • Feel free to be creative by changing fonts, colors, and adding photos.
  • Make sure you SAVE your work each time you visit the site!


4. When your project is finished, your parent, teacher, or older brother or sister should check to make sure everything is included.
  • Click on the “Share ITT” link of the Scriblitt page.
  • Share to the “Library”.
  • Give your teacher and anyone else you want to see your work the title or your username to find the book the library.
  • On the due date, we will look at everyone’s book as a class.

Have fun!