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Personification Worksheets

Personification is a figurative language technique. It is when an author or speaker gives an object or idea human characteristics, abilities, or qualities. Here is an example of personification:
 
The frost paints the pines in the winter time.
 
In this example the writer gives frost the ability to paint. Frost can’t paint. People paint. Since the writer gives frost┬áthis human ability, the writer personifies it. This is more poetic than saying that the pine trees were frosty. Sometimes students have difficulty identifying personification and distinguishing it from other figurative language techniques. I believe that this is because they need more practice working with examples of personification. These worksheets will give students the experience that they need.

Personification Worksheet 1 – Students practice identifying examples of personification and explain what human trait or characteristic the personified object or idea receives. The problems increase in difficulty toward the end of the worksheet.
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Personification Worksheet 2 – More practice for students to identify examples of personification and explain what human characteristic the personified object or idea receives. As with the first worksheet, the problems increase in difficulty toward the end.
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Personification Worksheet 3 – Still more practice identifying and explaining examples of personification. As with the other worksheets, the problems increase in difficulty near the end of the worksheet.
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Personification Worksheet 4 – 10 more personification problems! Read each example of personification, identify what is being personified, and describe the human qualities or characteristics that are being given.
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Personification Worksheet 5 – Here is another personification worksheet to help you or your students master personification skills. This one is a little bit harder than some of the others.
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Personification Worksheet 6 – The fun doesn’t stop with these personification worksheets! This one contains language that is a bit more difficult than the other worksheets on this page. It has ten excerpts from poems in which an example of personification is used. Students read the examples, determine what is being personified, and explain the quality, action, or trait that is given.
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Personification Worksheet 7 – Are you ready to push it to the max? This personification worksheet contains some pretty challenging language and some fantastic examples of personification. Another double-sided 10 problem worksheet to help students review personification.
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Personification Worksheet 8 – Your students will cheer when you give them this personification worksheet. How could they not? It is double-sided and contains ten examples of personification from moderately challenging texts. If your students do not cheer, perhaps they need more practice with personification.
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Personification Worksheet 9 – Here is yet another personification worksheet. This one contains examples drawn from some pretty complex texts. Recommended for advanced readers.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Personification

Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

ELA Standards: Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a – Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a – Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.

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38 Comments

  1. snowflake

     /  November 28, 2016

    I teach developmental reading at a college. Your worksheets have been a blessing. Thank you!

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  2. Liv Roonie

     /  April 18, 2016

    It has helped my teacher and myself I’m in Std 5 and I’m always in the top #3. But , for some reason I needed to learn this subject a little more.

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  3. jagruti

     /  January 7, 2016

    Good worksheets.They really help.

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  4. Valerie

     /  December 1, 2015

    I love the worksheets and the variety provided. I really like the fact I can select specific sheets based on the students levels. This was my first time visiting, but will not be my last. Thanks!!

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  5. Justine

     /  July 18, 2015

    Wow – what a site! I’m an Aussie teacher and this stuff is terrific. Thank you for these great worksheets! Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson is another great poem which I use to help students identify personification.
    Cheers
    Justine

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  6. Merlin

     /  January 29, 2015

    I teach English as a second language to middle schoolers in Indonesia. Your worksheets have been very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Elaine

     /  May 8, 2014

    I’m so grateful to you for sharing these fantastic resources

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  8. Angelique

     /  May 6, 2014

    The worksheets are VERY useful!Thank you so much!

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  9. AnnaMaria

     /  May 1, 2014

    Your worksheets are amazing, they are really helpful, can you to upload answers for personification…pleeease, thanks for sharing!!!

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  10. Jennifer Campbell

     /  March 22, 2014

    Thanks for these worksheets. They are just what my Y4/5 students need. It has cut down on my lesson prep time too.

    Keep them coming!!

    Jennifer Campbell, Sydney, Australia

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    • I’m doing some big additions this summer.
      You are going to love it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  11. Mrs. Allen

     /  February 5, 2014

    These are great! I liked the ones you had on irony as well. Thank you for sharing! ­čÖé

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  12. Chloe

     /  January 6, 2014

    These worksheets were exactly what I needed to reinforce our lessons.

    Thanks,

    Chloe

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  13. sang

     /  November 28, 2013

    Thank you for working so hard to create such solid interesting materials and then sharing them so selflessly. They are much appreciated.

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  14. This is awesome!!

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  15. Simone

     /  August 9, 2013

    I have been told that anthropomorphism is very similar to personification but the difference is that with anthropomorphism, the object or animal is actually doing something human. With personification, the object or animal just seems like it’s doing something human.
    For example: “The fog waltzed through the hills.” This is personification.
    “The fog grew legs, grabbed a partner, and waltzed through the hills to the tune of ‘Piano Man'” This is anthropomorphism.

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    • I am functioning under the definition that anthropomorphism is when an animal is given human traits or characteristics; however, the longer I run this site the more that I realize that arguing about literature terminology is like arguing about pizza toppings.

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  16. These worksheets were just what I was looking for and is there any way for me to view the answers?

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  17. Denise

     /  April 16, 2013

    Thanks so much. They were just what I needed.

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  18. carol

     /  March 9, 2013

    great worksheets on personification, thank you so much, I will use these in class on Monday!

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  19. Anjali

     /  January 2, 2013

    Thanks got just what I was looking for!

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  20. Denikka

     /  September 13, 2012

    These are wonderful, exactly what I needed.

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  21. thanks 4 ur worksheets it helps me alot

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  22. Marie

     /  March 29, 2012

    Are the answer keys available for the personification worksheets?

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  23. Marie

     /  March 22, 2012

    Excellent worksheets!

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  24. Kimberly

     /  November 9, 2011

    I find some of the sentences used in your personification worksheets offensive…we need to be careful what we chose as professional educators to write as examples.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  November 14, 2011

      I agree. We should also preview all materials prior to using them in our classrooms. That way we can make sure that such materials meet our standards, professional or otherwise.

      Reply
  25. Suzanne Williams

     /  October 19, 2011

    LOVED THE WORKSHEETS! Very creative and fun too!

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  26. Evadne

     /  October 8, 2011

    The worksheets were just what I needed for my students. Thanks a million!

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  27. Onykahonie

     /  May 11, 2011

    Just what I was looking for; Thanks!

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  28. Roxanne

     /  April 20, 2011

    These worksheets are perfect! Thanks!

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  29. Martha Parnell

     /  March 18, 2011

    I found your worksheets on figurative Language very helpful.

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