Identifying Figurative Language Essay

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This year in English One, we learned five major skills: how to find themes, making inferences, identifying figurative language, finding evidence to support your claims, and how to gather research. We have read books and short stories to practice this skills. After learning these standards, I understand why it is important to know all of these things to be successful in not only our in English classes but for all the classes we will take. These abilities will help us get A’s and they may help us in future jobs we might have. The five power standards we have been learning all year will help us read for understanding and be strong writers later on. Determining themes of a short story or novel was the first standard we learned. A theme…show more content…
When you make an inference, you use hints and clues to make an educated guess. In The Book Thief, we made an inference that Liesel’s mother was a communist because her father was one. We also came to this conclusion because nobody has contact with her mother, assuming she was sent to a concentration camp. If a reader doesn’t make inferences about the story, they aren’t truly understanding what is going on. Identifying figurative language is one of the most important standards we have focused on this year. Figurative language is phrases that don’t that have a literal meaning. Authors use different types of figurative language like similes, hyperboles, metaphors, idioms, personification, ect. An example of figurative language in The Book Thief is “Even Death has a heart.” This is an example of personification because only living things have hearts and Death isn’t a person. Figurative language makes your writing come alive. Using evidence to support your claims backs up what you say or believe. When we do Articles of the Week, we have to use reasoning in our responses on the article. We also have
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