Lesson Plan - Get It!
“I am so hungry I could eat a horse!” Have you ever said that to someone when you thought you were starving? What did you mean? I don’t think a horse would taste good, do you?
If you say you could eat a horse, you mean you are really hungry!
When you use an exaggeration to explain something, you are using hyperbole. Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which there is an obvious and deliberate exaggeration.
For example, “Hyperbole is the best thing ever!” Though hyperbole is a wonderful addition to your writing, I doubt you truly believe it is the best thing ever.
Why do you think authors use hyperbole in their writing? If you guessed it is to show great excitement or add humor, you are correct!
Watch the Hyperboles video below, from kk rheingans, that presents different clips of hyperbole in popular television programs. Take notes on all of the hyperbole you hear and see. Ask yourself afterwards, "What was my favorite example of hyperbole from the video?"
Explore more about hyperboles with this KidsEduc -Kids Educational Games Enchanted Buckets game:
When you are done playing, continue on to the Got It? section for the most absolute coolest worksheet practice!