Interpreting Figures of Speech


8.LA.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in content.

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Figurative language helps us express our ideas in more imaginative ways expanding our descriptions for a better understanding. In this lesson we will explore different kinds of figures of speech and how we can apply them to our writing and oral expression.

Throughout this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • determine the figurative meaning of words and phrases in a poem;
  • analyze how a poem’s structure contributes to its meaning;
  • recognize the distinguishing features of poetry;
  • interpret figures of speech.


This lesson’s content is of high educational quality. It is designed with a model of a conceptualization, definitions, examples, practice exercises and test with different levels of complexity. In addition, it includes rubrics for an objective evaluation.


17 items in example section

61 items in exercise practice

30 items in test

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