Figurative language is used in literature of all kinds; it adds a unique twist to the author's words, and can sometimes convey meaning more accurately than telling it 'straight out.' It's important that students be able to identify when figurative language occurs and what it is. Connotation, dialogue, dialect, imagery, idiom, simile, metaphor, allusion, personification, hyperbole, understatement, irony, alliteration and other types of figurative language are explained with reinforcing exercises. Using classics children's stories as examples, students will see how evocative and useful figurative language can be. 80 pages, softcover. Grades 5-8.