Writers often use various forms of figurative language to make a writing piece have a much greater impact on the audience it was written for. Speakers often do the same thing. If you ever run into a great salesperson you can be sure that they are no stranger to figurative forms of language. Bold works of literature often employ a wide range of these techniques to engage the reader. There well over a dozen different classifications, but the main forms of figurative language that get the most attention are metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole, and symbolism. As you begin to explore the works of more author you will realize that most author tend to use the same form over and over. This leads them to have their own writing style. Whether it is hyperbole, personification, an idiom, metaphor, or simile, the English language is full of figurative language.
This collection of worksheets will present the student with short sentences using unfamiliar language, and ask them to identify the type being used. Some uses of various forms of language have been highlighted, and others must be identified within the given sentence before being classified. Answer keys have been provided for each work sheet for instructors. Fun Fact: A common characteristic of students on the autism spectrum is that they have a difficult time understanding the uses of such forms as metaphors, puns, etc.