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Beyond Words: Figurative Language

3rd Edition Online Resources

This literature unit for grades 1–2 is organized around the study of figurative language and explores the idea that language can change how we think about the world by creating new images and connections in our minds. The unit uses poetry and picture books as the basis for analyzing different types of figurative language, including simile, metaphor, and personification. Additionally, students engage in word study, explore how language changes over time, and are introduced to persuasive writing.  The recently revised version contains updated resources and includes more current texts, all of which are available at local libraries. To purchase this curriculum unit, please go to Kendall Hunt's website

The chart below provides links to online resources as a companion to the curriculum unit. 

Online Resource
Lesson 5 - Art by Alma W. Thomas

The Phillips Collection (with a 3-D tour of their exhibition of her work)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lesson 5 - Images of the moon and outer space

NASA - Photo journal

NASA - Moon phases

NASA - Earth's moon

Lesson 14 - Personification poems

The Little Corn Flakes by Kelly Roper

In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House by Laura Purdie Salas

See recommended poetry books below.

Lesson 16 - Wordless Picture Books

I Walk with Vanessa: A Picture Book Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoet

Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story by Thao Lam

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker

Lesson 18 - Concrete Poems

Getty Research Institute's Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space exhibit

Lesson 18 - Arts infusion

The Art of Education

Useful Knowledge - Harvard Graduate School

Real Life at Home

Kinder Art

General Recommended Poetry Books (to supplement or replace selected poems)

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/ Jitomates Risuenos y Otros Poems de Primavera by Francisco X. Alarcon

There is a Flower at the Tip of my Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker

The Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance by Daphne Muse

My Thoughts are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard and Isabel Roxas

My Magic Wand: Growing with the Seasons by Pat Mora

Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: 50 Inspiring Poems with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni