Literal and Nonliteral Meanings of Word and Phrases Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: L.3.5.A

Core Standard

A literal meaning is when a word is the exact textbook definition. Nonliteral meanings are when words have an exaggerated definition, you will find this often used with figurative language. Authors will often use nonliteral language to help reader better understand what they are talking about. This helps readers get a better mental picture of what they are walking into. It also makes the piece that appears in much more interesting. Some readers may miss the way this is presented, so it is normally overly exaggerated to make certain that they catch the direction the author was going with it. These worksheets will help students understand the meaning the author is trying to portray of certain words.









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