Hyperbole and understatement are related figurative language techniques. With hyperbole, the speaker exaggerates, adding intensity for effect. With understatement, the speaker understates or uses statements that are too weak to accurately describe reality. Since these techniques are so similar, students are often confused by them. That's why I created the activities on this page.
This page features four hyperbole and understatement worksheets. They are available in a variety of formats. You can download the PDF files to print them exactly as I formatted them. Or, you can download the RTF file if you want to make some changes before you use these worksheets in your classroom. Lastly, these activities can be completed in the Ereading Worksheets format. Those are online activities that can be completed on any modern device: phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Results can be printed, saved, emailed, and even shared to FaceBook. Students answer multiple choice questions and explain their answers. You're going to love these activities.
I hope that these hyperbole and understatement worksheets help students master these tricky figurative language techniques. Feel free to post comments or questions below and I will respond to them as quickly as I can. Sometimes that takes a while. You may find the resources linked below to be useful as well if you are doing a figurative language unit.