Activity Introduction

“Boats bowing to the wind.” 

Good authors use figurative language to spark the imagination of their reader and make their writing more vivid and interesting. Practise changing some bland phrases into metaphors, then apply figurative language to a piece of your own writing.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12 

Themes:

  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

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About the book.

Where Happiness Hides, a picture book by Anthony Bertini, with illustrations by Jennifer Goldsmith. This is a story that shows there is a silver lining in every dark cloud. Anthony Bertini himself explains the project beautifully:

“This book will offer hope. It will be free to everyone in the world to read and enjoy as many times as they want. Yes, it is a children’s picture-book, and the story reflects what we tell our children every day: happiness can be found in simple things. But it is more than that. It is something we tell ourselves in times of hardship and worry. It is a story that helps all of us remember what is important.

“Right now, COVID-19 is forcing us to look for joy and happiness in the least obvious places. We know in our hearts that it is found in the small things. It is always there, hidden in plain sight.”

Where Happiness Hides offers us, through simple and succinct storytelling, a reminder of how these moments of happiness can be found. 

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Figurative Language Practice - Activity Instructions

“Boats bowing to the wind.” 

Good authors use figurative language to spark the imagination of their reader and make their writing more vivid and interesting. Practise changing some bland phrases into metaphors, then apply figurative language to a piece of your own writing.

Figurative language can be thought of as the 'colouring in' of writing, like younger kids do when they have finished a picture. Writers use ordinary words or phrases beyond their normal meaning to create exciting visuals in the reader’s mind.

One type of figurative language is a metaphor, which takes something normal and makes comparisons to something else to make the reader think about that thing in a new, interesting way. 

Step 1. Consider the phrase Boats bowing to the windfrom the book Where Happiness Hides.

Are the boats in this illustration really bowing, like humans? What is the author actually describing on this page?

Step 2. Create interesting

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