“Playtime” and Figurative Language

Class began the usual way. Students completed a WA where they looked at two sentences and determined the subject and predicate of each. The sentences are below. The subjects are bolded, and the predicates are underlined.

  1. The waves crashed to the shore, and the fluffy, young seagulls scuttled by.
  2. It won’t be long before Halloween.

As you can see, “and” is not part of the predicate because it is a conjunction that joins two complete sentences together. Also, Halloween isn’t a subject because it isn’t doing anything, and it isn’t the focus of the sentence. An example with Halloween as the subject is below:

Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Book talk presentations came next, and that was followed with some mini board practice with figurative language. Students looked at the examples below, discussed quietly with their groups what kind of figurative language it is, and then we went over it as a class.

  • The paparazzi circled like vultures do above a tottering camel.
  • When I make this sale, I’ll have a truckload of money.
  • The good news came completely out of the blue!
  • The world does not care to hear your sad stories.
  • My dreams are flowers to which you are the bee.
  • Sometimes what she says really rubs me the wrong way.
  • Their baby’s cries were lovely as jeweled butterflies.
  • Jingle! Jingle! The dog’s tags clanged together as he ran.
  • The quarterback’s passes were rockets and bombs.
  • Her teeth were blinding white.
  • The school buses can be impatient toddlers sometimes.

After doing some of this practice as a class, students worked with their groups to sort different examples of figurative language into categories before checking their work.

We ended class with a creepy story read aloud of a story called “Playtime.” This story is not only rich in figurative language, but it was also written by a 13-year-old! How impressive!


Students will need this story for their homework. They will need to highlight and label examples of figurative language (2 similes, 2 metaphors, 2 personifications, 2 onomatopoeias).


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Find figurative language in “Playtime” (2 similes, 2 metaphors, 2 personifications, 2 onomatopoeias).