Simile

Oct 28, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy:

Word choice; simile
 

Mentor Text Suggestions:

Description:

A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words “like” or “as” . The writer uses similes to create mind pictures for the reader.

Simile Traveling Book

Click here for traveling book directions. Choose a person that everyone in the class knows. A school staff member works well. Have the class brainstorm adjectives and characteristics that describe the person. Next have them compare each characteristic to an animal or object and write each in the form of a simile.

Subject: Mr. Murphy, the school principal

Characteristics

Comparisons

hard worker
sharp
wise
cheerful
smart
busy
energietic
in charge of the school
ant
pencil
owl
a song
Einstein
bee
Energizer bunny
lion

Sample simile:  “Mr. Murphy is like a lion because he is king of the school.”

Have each child illustrate one simile, compile the pages into a book and give it to the person as a gift.
Simile Book image-68

Riddle Poems

Read aloud poems such as those in Do Not Feed the Table by Dee Lillegard, but omit the titles. Have students try to guess what object the poet is describing. Ask which words in the poems helped them figure it out. Have students select their own subject and write riddle poems using metaphor, simile, and personification to describe the subject without stating what it is. Have pairs of students exchange poems and try to guess.

Simile Riddle Poem

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