In this writing similes learning exercise, learners study the comparison technique as they use similes to 10 items to something else. Students then choose one of the similes to write a short poem.
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Two Sides to Every Story: Day 2 and 3
Seventh graders learn how various historic events can be portrayed in a variety of ways. The second and third days of an informative text unit reviews content-specific vocabulary before comparing and contrast the lives of Rosa Parks and...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Writing Process
The writing process can be daunting for many young learners. This presentation breaks it down into seven manageable steps, including examples that clearly model the process for young writers. Present this resource to your class in the...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Super Sentences & Perfect Paragraphs
An extensive collection of lessons and activities includes many writing, grammar, and proofreading exercises. With templates and worksheets that cover several steps in the writing process, from sentence to paragraph to essay, this...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Matilda - The First Miracle
As the story unfolds, readers discover Matilda has a superpower. Take part in an activity that has learners talking about what superpower they would have, how they would use it, and how it could help others. Then, after reading the 14th...
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
My Ántonia: Figurative Language
The rich, vivid imagery in Willa Cather's novel, My Ántonia, is both engrossing to read and important to understand in the context of the plot. Young learners work in groups to identify key images, similes, and metaphors in Book One, and...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Details, Details, Details
Writing can become one-dimensional if authors don't involve all their senses. First, scholars observe a strange object which, ideally, they can touch and even smell. Without using certain words (you can create a list or have the class...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Composing and Illustrating Homeric Similes
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...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable