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Copy of Similes and Metaphors lesson

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Transcript of Copy of Similes and Metaphors lesson

Similes and Metaphors

A simile uses the words “like” or “as”
to compare one object or idea with another
to suggest they are alike.

Example: She was as busy as a bee.


The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison.

A simile would say you are like something.
A metaphor says you are something.

Example: My son is a monkey.

When making a metaphor about something,
look closely at the object and ask yourself:
• what does it look like
• what does it sound like?
• what does it feel like.
• what does it do?

If we write a comparison between two things and omit the word "like" then we are using a metaphor.

The metaphor goes a step further than the simile and instead of asking us to picture one thing as being like another, we are asked to picture one thing as being another.

We are describing one thing as if it were actually another.

* Her eyes are jewels sparkling in the sun.
* Her eyes are as shiny as jewels in the sun.

* The harvest moon is a great pumpkin in the sky.
* The moon during harvest looks like a great
pumpkin in the sky.

Simile: My father grumbles like a bear in the mornings.

Metaphor: My father is a bear in the mornings.


He was a tornado, blasting his way through the opposing team.

The truck flew down the empty highway.

Life is a rollercoaster.

Time is money.

A blanket of snow covered the streets.

A mnemonic
(way to remember something)
for a simile:
"a simile is similar or alike"

Something is AS (adjective) AS something:
His skin was as cold as ice.
It felt as hard as rock.

Something is LIKE something:
These cookies taste like garbage.
Her temper was like a volcano.

Something does LIKE something:
He eats like a pig.
They fought like cats and dogs.
Books Poetry
Movies Plays
Emails Text messages
And now...
it's your turn!

Silly Similes
Miraculous Metaphors

"The greatest thing by far," said Aristotle in the Poetics (330 BC), "is to have a command of metaphor. It is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblance."
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