You know what? I really don’t remember learning about figures of speech other than metaphors and similes when I was in school. Alliteration, hyperboles, and personification? I don’t remember learning about them until I started my homeschool journey fourteen years ago.
The first time I remember learning about personification was when Emma and I used Five in a Row, a wonderful literature based curriculum, many years ago. The Little House was a book I had never read until then, as well. However, this sweet picture book is perfect for teaching personification.
Personification is when an object or idea is given human qualities and characteristics. Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House is a book that shares the story of a Little House. As we move through the story, the countryside around Little House changes, and so does Little House. I love the way Burton drew the windows, front door, and front steps to represent Little House’s face. Have your kids notice the way her “face” changes as she ages throughout the book. Through the illustrations and the mood of the story, readers forget that Little House isn’t a person.
Once you’ve read The Little House, discuss the definition of personification. Have your kids give you examples from the story. Then, see if they can create examples of their own to share orally. Once you feel like they’ve got the hang of it, let them use the worksheets in my Personification Mini-Pack below to create and illustrate more examples.
And, if you’d like more mentor texts to use with your kids, check out some of the books listed below:
Inside this free mini-pack, you will find an anchor chart and two worksheets to help your kids practice personification.
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This post is part of my 31-day Teaching with Picture Book series. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts.