Mr. Harper is the tallest man in the world, he towers over everyone at Pacoima Charter School



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Mr. Harper is the tallest man in the world, he towers over everyone at Pacoima Charter School.

  • Mr. Harper is the tallest man in the world, he towers over everyone at Pacoima Charter School.



Sometimes 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.

  • Sometimes 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.



The sailboat danced gracefully past us.

  • The sailboat danced gracefully past us.

  • The flames ate hungrily at the

  • burning house.

  • The once-proud trees bent

  • meekly before the storm.

  • The broad, flat rock lay sunning itself by the stream.



Helps us better understand what the author’s message is.

  • 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?



1.  The sun stretches its warmth across the land.

  • 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’



2.  The chair danced as the baby bounced to and fro.

  • 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



3.   The darkness wrapped its arms around me.

  • 3.   The darkness wrapped its arms around me.

  • What is being personified?

  • What is it doing?

  • Can it do that?

  • Identify the personification.



Read the text carefully

  • Read the text carefully

  • Find the object that is being personified

  • Find the word that makes it seem human

    • The verb in the sentence usually makes it animated
    • An adjective can also give the word human qualities
  • Underline the part of the sentence that shows personification or identify the sentence as personification



The sky is low

  • The 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.



April Rain Song



Sometimes a writer will give human characteristics to nonhuman things. What is this called?

  • Sometimes a writer will give human characteristics to nonhuman things. What is this called?

  • Objects, ideas, places, or animals may be given human qualities. Why do authors do this?



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