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After your learners are familiar with the definition of simile and metaphor, provide them with this reference guide. First, it details the definitions of both simile and metaphor, but then it explores mixed metaphors, overused metaphors, phrases that include both similes and metaphors. An interesting page to deepen your learners' understanding. 
Cover simile and metaphor in a variety of ways in order to prepare your class for the AP exam. Learners discuss verbal communication, view a PowerPoint presentation (not included), listen to a song, watch a video clip, read a novel excerpt, interact with realia, and identify similes and metaphors in all of these different mediums. The format of the plan itself is a bit odd; it is quite useful. Look below each slide for more detailed instructions.
Students review the concept of similies in groups. Using fall topics, they write their own similies in complete sentences dealing with leaves, birds and cider. They frame the similie and display them in the classroom. They share their favorite with a partner.
In this English exercises:  similes learning exercise, 6th graders read the explanation and examples of similes, then interactively fill in 15 sentences using similes, with immediate online feedback.
Students differentiate between Metaphor and Simile using a song. In this English assignment, students investigate the reasoning and effectiveness of simile and metaphor. The teacher defines the two terms before the start of the assignment.
Quick as a wink, your class members will develop an appreciation for figurative language with a short lesson on similes. You’ll be proud as a peacock as they demonstrate their understanding of this literary device.
In this grammar worksheet, 3rd graders use similes with the letter "a." Students complete 12 fill in the blank questions choosing the correct word from the word box at the top of the page.
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background information, a photo slide show, clips from the film, and links to related articles and books. The film provides a springboard to a discussion of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, and the conflict over the Occupied Territories. A powerful resource that merits a place in your curriculum library.
How do you read non-fiction, informational text?  How do you recognize the rhetorical devices a writer is using? How do you determine the tone of such a document? Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address provides a perfect vehicle for learners to develop and practice these necessary skills. The richly detailed resource packet provides everything you need, from the complete text of the speech to fill-in-the-blank sentence templates, from guided questions and graphic organizers to a writing assignment. A great way to prepare learners for challenging text and for document-based exams.
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding question to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet designed to show readers the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the inner or intercalary chapters of John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel.
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
Show this poetic and captivating video to your class to activate thought about figurative language. The narrator conjures up scenes with her use of metaphor and describes not only what a metaphor is, but what a metaphor can do. She uses examples from day-to-day life as well as literature to demonstrate the art and subtlety of figurative language. Explore the added materials for useful questions and ideas.
Familiarize your class with folktales and hit Common Core standards along the way. Before reading the provided short story, readers practice drawing and supporting inferences and analyzing the point of view in two short exercises. They then read the story several times, focusing on different aspects of the text each time. The story has questions and directives in the margins for pupils to consider and follow. Additional exercises are included, some of which are meant to precede the following text (not included), but could be used on their own.
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet.  Although designed for gifted learners, the activities would be great for the whole classroom, independent work, or homeschool settings. You need not be the walrus to enjoy these exercises in this magical musical tour.
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
What will your class members see in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"? After reading the poem, learners engage in a Socratic seminar prompted by the provided questions. Individuals then create an illustration, focusing on the personification and figurative language in the poem, and share their interpretations with the class.
Mermaids will sing to your class members as they engage in an activity related to T.S. Eliot's famous dramatic interior monologue. After engaging in a socratic seminar about literary devices in the poem, individuals choose one interesting example of either hyperbole or imagery, and create an a visual representation. The illustrations are posted in time-line order following the progression of the poem.
Experiment with light and dark in a series of interactive activities that lead up to reading and writing poetry. Class members have the opportunity to observe their feelings while sitting in the light and dark and to play with shadow before reading a series of poems that relate to lightness and darkness. After reading these poems jigsaw style and participating in a class discussion, writers compose original poems based on their earlier observations.

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