Using Drama in Reading Comprehension

Figurative Language




EALR Connection:

Art: The student communicates through The Arts.

Communication: The student uses listening and observation skills to gain understanding.

The student communicates ideas clearly and effectively.

Reading: The student understands the meaning of what is read.


Students will be able to identify and interpret figurative language used by an author through drama and movement.

Materials: Class novel or read aloud.

Classroom props such as scarves, instruments, found objects.


Depending on the level of students, teacher can either identify the figurative language for students, or ask students to find the figurative language in a passage or on a page.  In either case, secretly assign one of the examples of figurative language to a group. This can be done with similes, metaphors, idioms, etc., whichever device is being taught at the time.

Group then creates a situation illustrating the language.

Remaining groups must guess what the idiom, etc. is being performed, something like charades.


For more or a challenge, give groups a word, perhaps an adjective from the vocabulary list, and have them create a situation (a visual simile) to illustrate.  The challenge is not in describing the actual word, but to identify the simile or metaphor created with the word.


This can be difficult at first but it also illustrates the importance of the figurative language fitting the situation.





























Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  drama will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.