Check out these materials for teaching Peter Pan Figurative Language.
Peter Pan Similes, Metaphors, and Personification Graphic Organizer
Peter Pan is rich in figurative language. In the first part of this figurative language lesson, students create a foldable graphic organizer. On the organizer, students write the definitions for metaphor, simile, personification, and hyperbole. Students then write an example sentence for each type of figurative language. Finally, students illustrate their examples. Each corner of the organizer folds to the center to form a diamond shape that will fit into an interactive notebook.
The organizer includes these definitions.
A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that have something in common. The comparison is made without the use of like or as.
A simile is a comparison between two unlike things that have something in common. A simile always uses the words like or as to make a comparison.
Personification is when an author gives an idea, object, or animal qualities or traits of a person.
A hyperbole is an exaggeration for emphasis or effect.
The handout also includes links to a series of figurative language PowerPoint presentations. While the practice (found in the middle portions of each PowerPoint) uses content from the book Holes, the definitions and examples at the beginning and the practice using music at the end of the PowerPoints are not book specific.
These PowerPoints are not secured, so they may easily be adapted to meet the needs of your class.
Peter Pan Similes, Metaphors, and Personification Graphic Task Cards
Included in this pdf file are ideas for teaching figurative language. One activity contains 45 cards with sentences from Peter Pan with figurative phrases. Students use the cards to sort by figurative language type and for discussions.
One fun activity is to provide each student with a figurative language card and ask them to draw a literal picture of the sentence.
For example, for “All the stars were watching them,” a student could draw stars with eyes watching Peter Pan, John, Michael, and Wendy.
Some Task Card Examples
Below is a sampling of figurative phrases from the novel. A list of 45 phrases is included in the handout. If you missed the link above, here it is again.
Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more.
But unfortunately Mrs. Darling could not leave it hanging out at the window, it looked so like the washing and lowered the whole tone of the house.
They sat thus night after night recalling that fatal Friday, till every detail of it was stamped on their brains and came through on the other side like the faces on a bad coinage.
He knew about stocks and shares, had no real mastery of his tie. Sometimes the thing yielded to him without a contest, but there were occasions when it would have been better for the house if he had swallowed his pride and used a made-up tie.
She looks upon the children as puppies.
Be a man, Michael.
She will drink it [the medicine], thinking it is milk!
Yet a nameless fear clutched at her heart and made her cry, “Oh, how I wish that I wasn’t going to a party tonight!”