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Similes and Metaphors. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE is a tool that an author uses to help the reader visualize (or see) what is happening in a story or poem. Simile. A simile is a comparison using like or as. It usually compares two dissimilar objects.

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    1. Similes and Metaphors

    2. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE is a tool that an author uses to help the reader visualize (or see) what is happening in a story or poem.

    3. Simile • A simile is a comparison using like or as. • It usually compares two dissimilar objects. • Example: Playing chess with Ashley is like trying to outsmart a computer. • The activity “playing chess with Ashley” is being compared to “trying to outsmart a computer.” The point is that Ashley can think in a powerful manner that resembles the way a computer operates, not that she is like a computer in any other way.

    4. Metaphor • A metaphorstates that one thing is something else. It is a comparison, but it does NOT use like or as to make the comparison. Example: Her hair is silk. Her hair is being compared to silk. Meaning her hair is shiny and soft.

    5. The baby was like an octopus, grabbing at all the cans on the grocery store shelves. • He was a tornado, blasting his way through the opposing team. • As the teacher entered the room she muttered under her breath, "This class is like a three-ring circus!“ • The pillow was a cloud when I put my head upon it after a long day. • The giant’s steps were thunder as he ran toward Jack. • He was a lion in the fight. Simile or Metaphor????

    6. I feel like a limp dishrag. • Those girls are like two peas in a pod. • The fluorescent light was the sun during our test. • Sam waited impatiently for his older brother to calm down. “Bill, I think you are acting like a baby,” he said. • The bar of soap was a slippery eel during the dog’s bath. • Ted was as nervous as a cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking chairs. Simile or Metaphor????

    7. Let’s complete the similes below in an imaginative way. Ex: I am as happy as . . . the sun rising in the morning.Clumsy as…Complicated as…Intelligent as…Excited as…

    8. Find a partner • You will have 15 minutes to come up with as many similes and metaphors for the word I give you • You will get 1 point for each simile and 2 points for each metaphor • They must be written so that I can read them Simile and Metaphor Game

    9. Chocolate • Make as many similes and metaphors as you can for this word!