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Be as romantic as a poetic. Appear as clever as Einstein. Wow others with your powers of observation by using similes to point out the similar aspects in two different things. This short video focuses on similes found in Shakespeare and on epic or Homeric similes with examples drawn from the Odyssey. After watching the video, ask viewers to try their hand at crafting their own comparisons. Part of a series of seven videos examining figurative language.
Teaching students about literary devices, such as simile and metaphor, can be a year long experience.
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.
Second graders explore similes. In this figurative language lesson, 2nd graders read the book Quick As A Cricket and choose a simile to illustrate.
Students review basic knowledge of similes and engage with similes on a more abstract level. In this similes instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars identify similes in Geronimo Stilton books, and demonstrate their understanding of similes by writing their own. They recognize the characteristics of similes before applying them to aspects of their own lives.
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. 
Students engage in a lesson about metaphor and simile while using them in different contexts. They are asked to share some samples that are designed by them to other members of the class. Students practice writing them with the help of the teacher.
Fifth graders write or dance a simile to show the relationship between two unlike nouns. In this simile and grammar lesson plan, 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.  
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.
Here is an outline of a lesson in which learners examine the use of similes, metaphors, and symbols in poetry. They define similes, metaphors, and symbols, complete a handout, and create a poem using types of figurative language.
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 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.
Tenth graders explore the use of extended similes in writing. They analyze Jamaica Kincaid's, "Annie John" for use of extended similes. They develop criteria for effective similes and edit prior work to include them.
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. 
Fourth graders view song lyrics and identify similes in the song text.  In this similes lesson, 4th graders define and identify similes on a worksheet.  Students write their own similes using various adjectives.
Students create a pumpkin shape book that contains three similes describing a pumpkin. Using Microsoft Paint, they draw a pumpkin on the computer and copy their similes into PowerPoint software.
Third graders create their own stories, poems, and songs using similes.
Learners listen to The Talking Eggs. In this similes lesson, students recognize how the author makes us understand the picture in his mind.  Learners create and draw similes.
Build the basis for critical thinking by increasing mastery of metaphors, similes, and analogies. Clear up the confusion that often marks lessons on figurative langauge. A very insightful article, full of great links. 

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