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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.
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!
Figurative language is a welcome addition to creative writing. Clearly describe similes with this worksheet. For each of 10 example sentences, learners have to identify what is being compared. An answer key is provided with this great introduction.
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.
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!
A simile is like a song and curriculum is food for the brain. Challenge your class to figure out the definitions of simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia from the clues given in the poem "A Simile is Like a Song." Consider this as an activity during which learners feel no pressure to be right while they try to puzzle out the definitions.
Seventh graders investigate the concept of a simile and a metaphor while reading different texts that are approved by the teacher. The teacher defines a simile and metaphor and shows the class examples on the overhead. They write their own sentences with metaphors and similes.
Students create poems that contain similes about different holidays. In this similes lesson plan, students describe different holidays and then insert their descriptions in simile form.
In this language arts instructional activity, students learn that similes compare 2 things using the words like or as. Students write 5 similes about camels and then illustrate one of them.
In this desert similes fill-in-the blank worksheet, students read the definition of a simile at the top of the page. They write 10 similes using desert words that are shown in a box at the top of the page. They draw a picture of one of the similes on the back of the page.
Discuss similes in fairy tales using a simple learning exercise. Learners take a look at the fairy tales they have read, talk about the definition of a simile, and list examples. Then, they create an illustration for one of the similes they have listed.
Learners illustrate a simile. In this figurative language instructional activity, second graders are introduced to similes. They read the story Quick as a Cricket and talk about the similes used. Everyone chooses a simile and draws a picture to go along with it.
Children study similes, synonyms, and antonyms and identify examples in the book Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood. They write short stories about themselves using antonyms, synonyms, and comparisons of themselves to animals. They draw pictures to go along with their stories and read their stories into the tape recorder, where they will be kept in the library where other young scholars can access them during story time.
For this similes and metaphors worksheet, students write a descriptive practice paragraph in which they describe a place, idea, person, event, or concept without telling what the subject of the paragraph is.  Students then pair up to try to guess the topic of the paragraph.
In this similes worksheet, students discover what similes are as they read a description and then create 11 similes of their own.
Teaching students about literary devices, such as simile and metaphor, can be a year long experience.
Students read the poem Bluebottle and discuss the use of the simile in the poem.  In this Bluebottle poetry lesson, students analyze the use of verbs and the energy created by that use.  Students text mark all the similes in the poem.  Students gain understanding of the meaning of the poem, the punctuation used and idiomatic phrases.
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.
In this language arts learning exercise, students write similes that pertain to the Christmas holiday. Students complete 6 similes that have been started, then write 4 of their own.
Learners practice creating similes and metaphors together as a class. Individually students create similes and metaphors and illustrate them.

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