Grade Levels: 5 - 8
- Students will define and recognize similes.
- Students will write a poem using similes.
- Define simile: a figure of speech that compares two objects using like, as, or than. (She is as red as a rose. I slept like a log.) The objects being compared are not similar except in one respect. The girl and the rose are unlike except they share a blushing quality. The tired boy and the log are different except for their inertia.
- Explain to students that they will write a poem based primarily on similes.
- Brainstorm on the blackboard for a list of words naming emotions.
- Provide the following structure for their poems.
The poem is a definition using all the senses and similes that the students make personal by using original detail, which reflects their lives and experiences.
Emotion is color. (This line is a metaphor.)
It sounds like...
It tastes like...
It smells like...
Emotion feels like...
Indifference is water-stained gray.
It sounds like hissing static on the radio.
It tastes like overcooked noodles.
It smells like a musty, closed attic room.
Indifference feels like a lukewarm bath in rusty water.
- Ask the students to pick a word of their own from those brainstormed on the blackboard and begin their own poem. (Encourage students to include onomatopoeia in the description of sound.)
- Have the students edit and shape their poems (adding specific original detail where appropriate, and writing their final copy on plain paper).
- Work individually with students.
- When the final copies are completed on unlined paper, ask students to read their poems aloud before collecting them.
Excerpted from Writing Process Activities Kit.
If you need to teach it, we have it covered.
Start your free trial to gain instant access to thousands of teacher-approved worksheets, activities, and over 22,000 resources created by educational publishers and teachers.Start Your Free Trial