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.

Pre-Reading Questions:

  • 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?


  1. What is being personified in this classic story?
  2. What attributes (qualities) is the author giving to the non-human object?
  3. How would you feel if you were the boy at the end of the story?
  4. How did the tree feel at the end of the story?
  5. How do you feel at the end of the story?
  6. 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!

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