Figurative Language Findings: The Mighty Miss Malone, Item: 551

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Figurative Language Findings: The Mighty Miss Malone

ISBN: SM551

by Smekens Education

Unlock the power of figurative language for readers and writers with mentor texts. Smekens Education presents Figurative Language Findings—The Mighty Miss Malone dissected for the 15 types of figurative language listed in the Common Core State Standards (i.e., onomatopoeia*, simile, metaphor, idiom, adage/proverb, allusion, personification, alliteration, analogy, irony, pun, euphemism, oxymoron, hyperbole, paradox).

Use the excerpts in reading lessons to help students infer the author’s meaning and then share the excerpts in writing mini-lessons to help students learn how to apply figurative language within their own writing.

*Onomatopoeia is not required by the CCSS, however, it is a type of figurative language that primary students can understand in their reading and use in their writing.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it's 1936 and the Great Depression hits Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Might Miss Malone.

Grades 3-5, 11-page downloadable PDF (Acrobat) Document File (Product Note: This is a digital item. A download link will be sent via email after purchase. No physical products will be shipped.)


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Figurative Language Findings: The Might Miss Malone by Smekens Education Solutions, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.smekenseducation.com/.


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