I am constantly amazed that people are buying AND using my products. Thank you for putting your hard-earned money towards buying some of my latest products during the TPT sale. It really does give me inspiration to keep creating. I love knowing I'm making a few SLPs' jobs a little easier and also benefiting some of our students in the process. You are the very best customers/readers/supporters/encouragers I could ever ask for!
Rarely do I review others' TPT products but loved this one so much I instantly knew I needed to share. It's what my (often most difficult age-range to target-aka middle and high schoolers) have been working on this week. And yes....I bought it during the TPT sale. It's called:
It's designed for grades 4-8 but works perfectly for some of my students with language goals at the middle/ high school level. I also love that it's CCSS aligned to RL:4.
It contains 6 stories that target 8 figurative language uses. Here's a quick refresher in case you (like me) needed one:
- simile: compares using the words "like" or "as"...hungry as a horse
- metaphor: compares without using the words "like" or "as"...The lake was a mirror
- personification: compares an inanimate object with an activity that only people can do....The stars danced
- hyperbole: an exaggeration...The jewels were stacked miles high
- idiom: an expression of speech not intended for it's literal meaning...pulling your leg
- alliteration: repetition of the same sounds...Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
- onomatopoeia: a sound pronunciation.....oink, boom, bang, meow
- allusion: a casual reference...Shakespeare
I've been calling them "I Spy" passages and here's how I've been using them:
I read the story first and explain each target item the student is "spying" for in the passage. Then (and my students love this), they go through and highlight each figurative language item they find. Many of them need prompting but that's okay! Something about using highlighters in middle and high school makes it seem like "grown-up" coloring. Each passage also comes with questions you can use to gauge their understanding of the story. I love this product because I can address so many goals at once!
Here's a sample:
(As a note, I have not received any kind of compensation for sharing this product-I have just found it extremely useful for my students). I hope you do as well!