These activity sheets will teach your students how to identify and use personification correctly.

Personification is the practice of giving human qualities, characteristics, or actions to non-human objects or occurrences. We use this literally device when we want to make something more vivid for our readers. It causes the reader to register an emotional response to something we want to draw attention to. You will commonly find this technique used in most forms of poetry. It is usually applied to works of fiction, but can also be used in nonfiction, if the frame is just right. Before you begin to write something like this you must first ask yourself what type of impression are you attempting to illicit from your audience. Then you need to find a situation that you can draw out that feeling in your body of work. Once you have identified a scenario that would be logical, place that sense in your work. I would think of several different meanings you could instill within it.

The following collection of worksheets will help your students learn about personification. Activities include explaining the literal meaning of a given words, identifying examples of it within a given passage, working off of prompts, identifying the object being personified within a given sentence, writing original sentences using supplied objects and examples of the work, and more. Why not make everything just a little more human? Give them a solid touch of what it means to have a life.

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Sentence Scratchers

Explain the meaning of the personification each sentence.

Explain the Figurative Language

Find four examples of figurative language in the rhyme. Explain each one.

She Sweeps with Many Colored Brooms

This poem is an example of personification. What is being personified as the "housewife, broom, shreds, and threads?"

Where Is It In Poetry?

Explain how the technique is used in the first and second set of underlined lines.

Windows and Dinner

At the first sign of morning light, the alarm clock rang with glee. The old cat marched into the room and demanded his dinner.

Animal Styles

Underline the idea, object, or animal being personified, and circle what they are doing that makes this an example of literary device.

Find Where It Gets Personal

Read each sentence. If it uses personification, write YES on the line. If it doesn't, write NO.

Crab Over the Moon

In each sentence, an object or an idea is personified. Locate it and then answer the questions.

Practice That Purpose

Personification is a kind of figurative language that attributes human thoughts, actions, characteristics or emotions to something that is not human. In this exercise, you will practice using it when writing about a house.

Cloudy Thoughts

Write a short paragraph personifying each object. Use the verbs that you thought of above. You may add human emotions and characteristics as well.

Writing with a Personal Touch

Write four verbs that humans do that could be applied to. Write a paragraph personifying each object. Use the verbs you listed as a starting point. Add other human characteristics.

Picture Me Puzzled

Use each picture as inspiration to write a sentence that adds a more human quality to the work.

Sentenced to Write

Write a sentence that personifies each object, using the keyword provided.

Word Placements

Complete each sentence using a verb that creates a more human feeling.

What's with the Weather?

Use each idea below to write a sentence that brings something to life for the reader. Write a sentence to go with each picture. Your sentence should use this technique.