Personification is a poetic device that is used a great deal by authors and poets. When you personify an object or non-human thing, you are using this strategy in your writing.
Activity 1: Here are some examples of PERSONIFICATION. Look at the examples carefully.
Activity 2: Look at the examples below. Pick out the personification. (stuck? ask yourself, “what is being personified?” “what quality is unusual for that object?”)
Activity 3: Think of some examples in books you have read, childhood lullabies, and rhymes and everyday speech. For example, you might have heard the expression: “Time flies” and you may be familiar with the Mother Goose rhyme, “Hey Diddle, Diddle….”. What ran away with the Spoon? Can spoons run?
Activity 4: Listen to or read online “The Giving Tree”. Before you do, discuss the “pre-reading questions” below with a peer or parent.
Here is another website with a lovely version with the words set to music.
- Did you ever love someone so much that you would give them anything you had or do anything for him/her?
- Do you think your parents love you that much that they would do anything for you?
- What about dogs do you think they love you unconditionally?
- What is being personified in this classic story?
- What attributes (qualities) is the author giving to the non-human object?
- How would you feel if you were the boy at the end of the story?
- How did the tree feel at the end of the story?
- How do you feel at the end of the story?
- How did personification make this story better/ make the message more effective?
Task: Write a few examples of personification (4 or 5 examples). Choose one to illustrate. The illustrations can be hand-drawn and uploaded as a picture or you can use an online drawing tool to design and create it. However, the illustration (picture) MUST BE YOUR OWN DESIGN!
Examples of a final product:
Do not forget to upload your creation when you are done!