Writing With Personification

Writing with personification can be tricky for young writers, but once they learn it, they really enjoy it!

Why Write With Personification?

Learning how to write with personification is good for two reasons:

  1. First, it helps students find personification in written text.
  2. Second, it enhances their ability to write descriptively, especially scenery

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Calendar Pictures

Mountain scene

Moreover, this personification lesson goes best with scenic pictures from old calendar pictures.  My students OFTEN use calendar pages to inspire or accompany their writing.  You can read my full posts on Calendar Pictures here:

                                Calendar Pages for Beginner Writers

                                Calendar Pages-14 Writing Prompt Ideas

NOW THE LESSON!

What is personification?

  1. Teach the students that personification is when a noun (a thing) does a human action.  Here are some short examples:

                                                “The sun woke up.”

                                                “The wind whistled.”

                Here are some longer examples:

                                                “The sun greeted everyone with a bright smile.”

                                                “The leaves danced across the lawn.”

                                                “The flowers waved to all those passing by.”

                                                “The door waited for someone to open it.”

The Final Product

2. Next, explain to the students that they are going to choose a scenic picture from the stack of calendar pages. 

3. Then, show them that they are going to write statements of personification on strips of white paper.

4. Lastly, explain that they will glue the white pieces of paper on or around the border of their picture like this:

A picture of a cowboy on a horse in front of a sunset

NOW TO WRITE!

Guide the students to complete the following steps.

Choose a Picture

  1. Choose a calendar page.

Brainstorm Nouns

2. On a white scratch piece of paper, write down nouns that you see in the picture. 

For example, in the following image, you might write the nouns: sky, clouds, mountains, sand, dunes, grass, flowers, weeds, wind

The mountain scene again

3. Choose 2-4 nouns that you want to write about. (Younger children may only be able to write one sentence.  Older students can write 4.)

Write what the noun does.

4. Write a sentence that tells what the noun is doing.  The noun has to do a human action.

                The clouds race. The mountains sit and wait for rain.

5. Have an adult check the sentences to make sure they are personification.

6. Rewrite the sentences neatly on thin white strips of paper.

7. Glue the strips of paper to the calendar page, preferably around the border so the picture can still be seen.

The mountain scene with sentences of personification

8. Place the finished piece in a plastic page protector*.

Students can write personification for more than one calendar page if they want to.

Writing with personification isn’t easy, but once students catch on, they love it!

Print the Lesson

GAMES TO PLAY!

Personification-4-11

A personification sentence on a whiteboard

How Many Words using the word PERSONIFICATION

List of words formed from the letters in the word personification

Personification Races

The sentence, "The wind grabbed his hat."