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Activity Overview

Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on figurative language. Blake never directly states his topic in “The Tyger”, but relies on metaphors to convey his message. Students will need to determine the metaphorical meaning of the tiger itself, as well as several other terms in order to understand the poem. In this storyboard, students will identify elements of the poem that are intended figuratively and explain their significance through images and text.

Explanation of Metaphors in “The Tyger”


The tiger represents evil. Like a tiger, evil is powerful, but terrifying.


The Lamb represents innocence and goodness. It is a reference both to the lamb as a meek, gentle animal, and to Jesus, referred to in the Bible as the Lamb of God.


The blacksmith represents the creator of the tiger, a supernatural force that might be God or the devil.


Wings represent the daring spirit of the creator. He seems to have gone too far and flown too high in creating such a creature as the tiger. The creature seems to be abusing his power.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Figurative Language

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [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

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating different metaphors in "The Tyger".

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify metaphors in the poem and put them in the title boxes.
  3. Describe what each metaphor means in the descriptions.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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