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1 Personification-giving human qualities to things that are not human Today we will identify personification in text and explain the author’s meaningPersonification-giving human qualities to things that are not human
2 PersonificationSometimes a writer will give human characteristics to nonhuman things. Objects, ideas, places or animals may be given human qualities. They may perform human actions. This type of figurative language is called personification. It helps the writer create an exciting picture in the reader’s mind.
3 EXAMPLES: The sailboat danced gracefully past us. The flames ate hungrily at theburning house.The once-proud trees bentmeekly before the storm.The broad, flat rock lay sunning itself by the stream.
4 Why do we need to know this? Helps us better understand what the author’s message is. It helps create vivid or more colorful ways of explaining non human objects. What are other reasons why we need to know how to identify and understand personification?
5 Let me show you how to identify personification. 1. The sun stretches its warmth across the land.The thing being personified is the ‘sun’The sun is given the human characteristic of ‘stretching’
6 Here’s another 2. The chair danced as the baby bounced to and fro. The thing being personified is the ‘chair’The chair is dancing—chairs can’t dance
7 Help me with this one 3. The darkness wrapped its arms around me. What is being personified?What is it doing?Can it do that?Identify the personification.
8 How to identify personification Read the text carefullyFind the object that is being personifiedThe subject of the sentence is usually where you can find the personified objectFind the word that makes it seem humanThe verb in the sentence usually makes it animatedAn adjective can also give the word human qualitiesUnderline the part of the sentence that shows personification or identify the sentence as personification
9 Let’s practice using poems! Emily DickinsonThe sky is low THE sky is low, the clouds are mean, A travelling flake of snow Across a barn or through a rut Debates if it will go. A narrow wind complains all day How some one treated him; Nature, like us, is sometimes caught Without her diadem.Read the text carefullyFind the object that is being personifiedFind the word that makes it seem humanUnderline the part of the sentence that shows personification or identify the sentence as personificationPrint for whiteboards
10 Langston HughesRead the text carefullyFind the object that is being personifiedFind the word that makes it seem humanUnderline the part of the sentence that shows personification or identify the sentence as personificationApril Rain Song Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the rainPrint for whiteboards