I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade classes during their unit on Figurative Language, which focused on similes and personification.
Essential Question: How do I recognize and create personification and similes in writing?
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As part of a Figurative Language study in Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade class, students created a brief imaginative narrative using ‘Personification’. The Little Red Pen, by Janet Stevens, was the mentor text. Students needed to bring an inanimate object to life in their writing, making that object the main character. They wrote their personification story in their Writer's Journal. This project addressed Standards L4.5 and W4: “Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.”
Mrs. Baker, Middleton’s Digital Learning Specialist, worked with our class to create a digital storybook with all of our stories. The students integrated technology into this lesson using laptops to type their stories on and used the online program “Camameo” to create the book.
Students get a lesson on using laptops properly.
Students from 6th grade helped edit the typed stories. They also showed the students how to use Spell Check and insert pictures from Google Images.
Check out our digital storybooks on Personification
Students used the book My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil by Hanoch Piven, as an inspiration for writing their own similes. The students then created self portrait collages using items to which they compared themselves. This project addressed Standards L4.5 and W4: “Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.”
Mrs. Baker then worked with our class to make our picture talk. The students integrated technology into this lesson using the iPad program, Chatterpix. The Corresponding College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standard for Standard SL 4.5 was addressed: “Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.”
1st Period Simile Project