Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10213

I hear this lesson calling your name, telling you this is the best personification lesson ever! Using a tongue-in-cheek video, sandwich, and online games, you will learn how great personification is!


Comprehension, Writing

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • When you are hungry, do you hear the refrigerator calling your name?
  • Do bears like Smokey really wear clothes?
  • How did Charlotte learn to spin her web using English words?

Learn how personification makes characters come alive!

  • Can this lesson really talk?

No, of course not. Then what does this sentence mean: "This lesson was calling your name and speaking."

When you give animals or objects human qualities — like speaking, feeling, and thinking — you are using a writing technique called personification.

Think of all of the cartoons that give human qualities to animals or objects.

  • Can you name three of them?

Sponge Bob Square Pants, Arthur, and Tom and Jerry are some examples, because each of these cartoon shows includes an animal or object that acts like a human.

Personification is a commonly used literary tool. Watch this video of personification in commercials. As you are watching Figurative Language- Personification, think about what makes each commercial an example of the use of personification, and write your observations down to share with your parent or teacher:


When you are done pigging out on video clips, continue on to the Got It? section to practice personification!

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