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Fifth graders explore figurative language in poetry. They review the characteristics of poetry and discuss figurative language. After listening to a poem, they discuss with a friend what kind of pictures they see in their mind when hearing it. Next, they discuss these thoughts as a group. To finish, they read poems independently and answer questions.
Increase comprehension, vocabulary, and an understanding of the Gold Rush. The class identifies story structure traits while reading The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. They locate similes used in the book, research an invention from the 1800s, and post a picture on the class timeline. They build domain specific language regarding simple machines, gold mining, and early California history.
Discuss the work of Matthew Henson, an African American who traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary. After reading the story "Matthew Henson" by Maryann N. Weidt, learners answer questions by drawing inferences and conclusions, paraphrasing, and identifying figurative language such as similes. This is an excellent lesson.
Reward your class with tasty treats while teaching them about simile and metaphor. After a teacher demo and explanation of simile and metaphor, pupils read books, looking for examples of these literary devices and copying them down. Combining simile, metaphor, and candy, the teacher hands out Life Savers to the class and they describe the Life Savers using a simile and a metaphor.
Get your pupils' attention with this lesson on similes and metaphors, which features two poems by Tupac Shakur. A SMART board presentation guides them through the lesson, which includes a BrainPop activity (linked). After they have discussed similes and metaphors, they work to find these elements in Shakur's poetry, and then create their own poetic elements. You can extend this lesson to include a full poem as the final project.
Students solve and write riddles using similes and metaphors. In this similes and metaphors lesson plan, students work in groups to solve descriptive riddles for famous landmarks. Students are given pictures of landforms and write own riddles. Students then label the similes and metaphors in an excerpt from The Creation.
Model for your high schoolers how to prepare for the essay portion of the AP Literature exam. For guided practice, pairs analyze metaphor, simile, tone or syntax in Norman Mailer’s “The Death of Benny Paret,” and then work independently on an analysis of William Hazlitt’s “The Fight.” Extensions, worksheets, and assessments are included. The text of Mailer’s story may be found in AP language textbooks or online. The instructor can use this lesson as an example on how to construct a literary analysis using literary devices.
A simile is a non literal phrase that needs to be deciphered for contextual meaning. Similes are also fun to read and write. Third graders get cozy with similes found in the book If You Hopped Like a Frog by David M. Schwartz. They use context clues to determine the meaning of each simile they encounter in the story, focusing on the comparison being made to better understand textual meaning. Tip: Have learners write similes about their table partners and then explain them in group discussion.
Similes are a great way to get your writers thinking about descriptive details. They read a brief explanation which covers clichés and the general wording of a simile. Then, learners try a few on their own. First, they complete nine sentences comparing adjectives. Next, they complete three sentences with similes for verbs. Finally, they do the same comparing nouns. There is an example for each part of speech to guide students, but the fun part about this is how varied your answers will be. Encourage them to use their imagination!
Students identify similes and create their own self descriptions using them as examples. After identifying characteristics associated with pictures of the sun, fish, and other items, they discover how those traits can be used as similes, such as "swim like a fish." In conjunction with creating their own similes, students draw pictures of the similes and present them to the class.