figurative language

noun
language that contains or uses figures of speech, especially metaphors.
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Main Entry:  figurative language
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning, speech or writing employing figures of speech
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Although the theme of this unit is river literature, the primary focus is on identifying and explaining figurative language.
Students are able to identify and explain figurative language in nonfiction text.
Students will be able to identify and interpret figurative language in nonfiction text.
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