What is figurative language? Introduce your young learners to the most popular forms of figurative language: the simile and the metaphor. Start by reading "Willow and Ginkgo" by Eve Merriam, and identify where similes are used. Then look at the definition of a metaphor and the examples provided. Before completing the two practice opportunities provided, use a piece of paper divided into four sections to reinforce your new knowledge of similes and metaphors. Directions are included in the plan.