In my English classes this week my students are reviewing figurative language and literary devices as presented in O. Henry’s short stories. I created a figurative language QR Code Quest to help my students understand and articulate examples of figurative language in popular culture. The idea was that if students can identify hyperbole, metaphors, similes, allusion, alliteration, idioms, onomatopoeia, and personification in popular culture, they might be able to do the same with a piece of literature. Ideally, I want my students to identify and explain the figurative language, and distinguish how the author conveys meaning through the use of figurative language.
If you haven’t heard of a QR Code or QR Code Quest, a QR Code Quest is a fun way to utilize mobile devices and send students off on a digital scavenger hunt answering clues. A QR Code, similar to a bar code, stands for “Quick Response Code” and is readable on Smart phones. The black and white squares link to a website.
In creating the QR Code Quest for my students, I included the definition of each figurative language device in the question so that my students weren’t searching for definitions. Rather, students were analyzing or creating the figurative language and its use in the text. For example, question 3 relates to personification and the QR Code takes students to the poem “Last Night, I saw the City Breathing” by Andrew Fusek Peters. Students are asked to read the poem and choose a line that uses personification. What is the poet suggesting has human like qualities?”
The QR Code quest includes words, images, and music to help students understand that figurative language is in all of these mediums. You can download a copy of this figurative language QR Code Quest for free here.