Y6 Grammar : Similes, metaphors and hyperbole.



Use this link to the Bitesize lesson about figurative language. It is about similes, metaphors and hyperbole.


You will know about the the first two already, hyperbole may be new word for you.


A quick reminder:


Simile: A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using the words like or as.

Leanne cycled as slow as a snail after a tiring day in school.


Metaphor: a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it is something else.

"He is a shining star" thought Leanne as she read the work the student had sent to her.

In this example, isn't ACTUALLY a star, he is a human. Obviously. This is a metaphor.


Hyperbole: pronounced: high - per - bol - ee

These are exaggerated statements to make a point, but they aren't meant to be taken literally.

For example:


"I've told you a million times not to do Tik Tok dances in my English lessons."


"It is so cold out there, I just saw a penguin walk past wearing a scarf."


"This is the worst day EVER!"


"I'm so tired, I could sleep for a year!"


See the videos and activities on Bitesize for some more explanations and activities on these examples of figurative language.


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