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This worksheet is an excellent way for KS2 pupils to revise and practise recognising and using personification. It contains examples of personification and five different challenges, which can be tackled during one lesson or spread over a number of teaching sessions.

Questions encourage creative responses as well as revision, and include interesting images to stimulate ideas.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Underline the examples of personification in each sentence, then rewrite sentences so they contain personification
  • Challenge
    Look at the picture, and choose one thing to personify, then write 2 sentences about it. In the first sentence, create a calm mood. In the second one, create a dangerous mood
  • Test
    Explain the meaning of each personification example, then circle one answer to show how a writer might use personification when writing about a kettle
  • Explain
    Write an explanation of what personification is, including 2 examples
  • Apply
    Imagine that you have been caught in the middle of a tornado. Write a passage about your journey to safety, and use personification to exaggerate the danger you are in

What is personification?

Personification is a figure of speech where you apply human or natural characteristics to objects. Or alternatively, where you say someone or thing is the embodiment of an abstract concept (such as describing someone as ‘the personification of evil’.

Personification examples

  • The painting glared back at me.
  • The vines were choking the life out of the house.
  • The heat followed us everywhere.
  • The time flew by.
  • The moon and stars were smiling down at us.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Discuss how authors use language, including figurative language (investigating and using similes)

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