Fantastic Figurative Language Analysis Feast – Diverse Short Stories – Comprehension & Analysis



Do you teach figurative language analysis using short stories? If so, this figurative language analysis activity bundle is perfect for introducing, practicing, and analyzing ten essential figurative language elements.

Figurative Language Elements & Their Corresponding Short Stories:
✨ Theme in Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Stay True Hotel” 
✨ Characterization in Amy Tan’s “Fish Cheeks”
✨ Point of view in Dax Everitt’s “Crowd”
✨ Conflict in Muaddi Durraj’s “Gyroscopes”
✨ Simile, metaphor, and imagery in Sandra Cisneros’ “Puro Amor”
✨ Irony in Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie”
✨ Symbolism in Jason Reynolds’ “Eraser Tattoo”
✨ Suspense in Neil Gaiman’s “Click-Clack the Rattlebag”


Students will…
✅ Be introduced to the figurative language element in a bell ringer activity that includes guided practice
✅ Read the corresponding short story
✅ Collect and analyze evidence of the figurative language element 
✅ Determine how the element impacts the theme using T.A.G (title, author, genre) and/or the purpose of it
✅ Make text-to-text, -world, and -self connections through OPTIONAL short-answer questions

What teachers like you are saying about our other figurative language analysis activities:

Patricia V.
Patricia V.
Review for Teaching Symbolism & Allegory Activity
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“Love this lesson to help me re-teach symbolism and introduce allegory! Works great with my 8th graders and very engaging!”
Bea M.
Bea M.
Review for Short Story Analysis Unit
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“This was a great resource. I used it to supplement the short story unit that is already in our curriculum. So happy with this purchase.”
Review for Character Analysis ISN
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”This was a great resource for my students studying characterization. I loved the examples given. It really helped make the assignment clear for my students!”