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If you're beginning The Odyssey and would like to address figurative language and basic story elements, this resource could be useful. Over the course of two days, class members identify the main events, explore characters, identify figurative language, create their own similes, and write and illustrate a children's book version of a section of the poem. The resource also includes goals, objectives, and suggestions for assessments.
After studying metaphors in written text, transfer your learners' knowledge to song! Have each learner bring in a song that uses metaphors and/or similes, and play these examples for the class. Can the other learners identify the metaphors/ similes in each song? Consider only playing a 30-second clip of each song so that all models can be included.
The activities included in a SMART Board presentation enable learners to review similes and metaphors. Pairs create their own examples of figurative language and display their work on sentence strips. Finally, they locate similes and metaphors in the provided Tupac poems. SMART Board presentation, poems, websites, and rubrics are attached.
Fifth graders complete a worksheet. In this figurative language lesson, 5th graders review the definition of metaphors and provide examples. Students learn about similes and the use of figurative language. Students read a poem and identify the metaphors and similes present.
Fifth graders write or dance a simile to show the relationship between two unlike nouns. In this simile and grammar lesson, 5th graders explore dance movements and identify smooth and sharp energy examples. Students review similes and choreograph movements to illustrate the simile. Students participate in simile dances.
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language.
Students review basic knowledge of similes and engage with similes on a more abstract level. In this similes lesson, students define similes and identify examples. Students read and analyze the similes used in poetry by Derricotte, Frost, and Wordsworth. Students create their own similes and keep a journal of the similes and metaphors they find in literature.
What is a simile? What is a metaphor? How are both of these different? First, discuss the difference between the two terms, and then have your emerging writers practice identifying sentences that use either literary device. They are also provided with short phrases such as "As heavy as..." and they must think of a good word to complete the phrase.
Hook kids into a study on poetry elements by asking them to bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. Discuss the elements in one or two songs (preferably that demonstrate rhyme, figurative language, or a repeating phrase). Consider handing out lyrics and challenging the class to find metaphors and similes. Discuss various elements of poetry (outline provided), tying them into the song activity when possible. Use the Shel Silverstein poetry example suggestions to demonstrate rhythm and repetition, or choose some of your own. Be sure to hand out some of the poems so scholars can underline rhyming or repeating words. Groups do this with a final poem and share what they discovered. You must create a free profile to access the student packet.
Inspire creative writing by studying similes. This sheet provides learners with 10 different topics, and they must create a simile for each topic. Example topics include: favorite teacher, the waterfall, a parrot, the first day of school, etc. Sometimes it's so difficult to get kids thinking-this should make it easier!
The class defines similes after creating a KWL chart about them. Groups rotate through a series of stations in which they creatively complete similes. They create a picture booklet that contains similes. However, the booklet topic and attached materials are snowflake themed, so if you live where it doesn't snow, try to choose a more relevant theme.
Investigate with your class how similes are figures of speech that use the words as and like as visual terms. They use this knowledge to complete a worksheet where they write some similes of their own. Be sure to download the attached file "Similar Similes Teacher Introduction Lesson..." featured at the bottom of the page.