Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes
Did the similes help you to "see" the gingko and willow more clearly? Why or why not?
Enrich students' understanding of texts and add spark to their writing by introducing them to one type of figurative language, similes.
Getting ready: On the board, write "Her teeth shone like pearls." Also, on chart paper, write the sentences with similes shown.
- Read the sentence on the board aloud. Then ask students to identify the two things that are being compared (teeth and pearls).
- Share with students that figurative language compares two different objects to convey meaning, heighten effect, or appeal to the imagination, such as in the sample sentence on the board. One type of figurative language is the simile, which is a comparison that uses like or as. Share the chart of sentences that use similes. Then discuss each sentence with students to identify the two dissimilar things being compared and the meaning being conveyed by the simile.
- Write the word car on the board. Ask students to think of an adjective that describes this noun, such as speeding. Next, have the class think of another noun that can be described by this adjective, such as comet. Then piece together the words to form a comparative sentence: That red car is like a speeding comet racing across the sky.
- Pair students; then have each pair choose a different noun. Direct each pair to follow the process in Step 3 to create a sentence that uses the noun in a simile.
- Provide time for each duo to share its sentence with the class. As each pair shares, record the sentence on the board and have the class identify the two nouns being compared in the simile.
Sentences with Similes
Pain shot through Roger's arm like a razor.
The gym was as noisy as a three-ring circus.
My lazy brother was just sitting on the couch like a bump on a log.
My love for you is as deep as the ocean.
After such a long practice, her throat was as dry as a bone.
Simile Lesson Plans
Figurative Language Awards Ceremony
Students explore books rich in figurative language and nominate their favorite examples of similes, metaphors, and personification for a figurative language award. Once nominations are in, the class votes, selecting a winning example in each category. Finally, students are challenged to write an acceptance speech for one of the winners, using as many literary devices (simile, metaphor, personification) as they can in their speech. Designed for grades 3-5.
Figurative Language of Edgar Allan Poe
10 quotations drawn from stories and poems. Students identify metaphor, simile, personification, or hyperbole. Answers available. Can be printed as worksheets or completed online.
Figurative Language of O. Henry
23 quotations from various stories. Students identify figures of speech. 4 pages; answers available. Can be printed as worksheets or completed online.
Figurative Language of Shakespeare
23 quotations from various plays. Students identify metaphor, simile, personification, or hyperbole. 3 pages; answers available. Can be printed as worksheets or completed online.
Figurative Language Poems with Questions
Questions for analysis and answer keys for 9 different poems. Designed for middle school and above. Can be printed as worksheets or completed online.
Figurative language: Similes
Students will define and identify similes as well as evaluate the use of similes in the poem "The Base Stealer" by Robert Francis. This lesson is designed for grade 3.
Homeric Simile Examples
Definition, examples, and a link to a video that raps The Odyssey.
Rap Simile Activity
Students create their own similes, and then the class will have to guess whether similes were written by a famous rapper or their classmate. Includes a list of school-appropriate rap similes and their authors.
Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip
Students read excerpts from the work of Robert Frost, William Wordsworth and Toi Derricotte in order to gain an understanding of similes.
Definition and 50 examples.
In this activity elementary students generate 5 similes and then illustrate their favorite. This printable handout requires Adobe Reader for access.
"A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore
Printable handout: text of the poem and check for similes and metaphors. Includes answer key.
What am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles
An introduction to poetry via metaphor, simile, metonymy, concrete imagery, and creativity.
I already felt his hard cock resting on my buttocks. "Zhenya, what are you doing?" - I tried to resist. "I like you for a long time" - he simply said and pressing me with his body leaned forward. He was quite a handsome guy, pumped up. Therefore, under his strength, I rested my hands on the wall of the bathtub, letting his jeans go into the bathtub.
Plans simile lesson
Of her son-in-law, Sergei strengthened, and, behold, his penis just stiffened. Then she managed to sit on him to the full depth of her vagina. Sergei felt his prick rested against the uterus.Lesson Plan Similes
He lowered his face to my ass, I felt his wet and soft tongue go over my anus. A shiver ran all over my body. For some reason I thought for my father.
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Holes, Hooligan, you hooligan. She gently whispers to me the words that have become the leitmotif of the unparalleled night ahead. the first kiss was still in the kitchen, so tenderly careful. not quite deep.