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Middle schoolers use context clues to find the figurative meaning of similes and metaphors in writing. They practice using figurative language to help their writing come alive. Use this activity in a lesson about poetry, figurative language, or finding the meanings of unfamiliar words.
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.
In this outstanding language arts lesson, pupils study the difference between simile and metaphor, and create a writing sample which uses both. After a class discussion, they practice differentiating between simile and metaphor on a worksheet embedded in the plan. There is an excellent rubric that goes with the writing sample as well.
Play around with figurative language in an interactive PowerPoint with a Winnie-the-Pooh theme! Review definitions of similes, metaphors, and idioms. Then, learners answer 15 multiple-choice questions where they must decide what type of figurative language is being used. Tip: Pupils can play this game individually! You might also ask your class to create their own PowerPoint using this one as a model.
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.
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.
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.