Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Similes are Like Kittens Glued Together: Analyzing and Writing Similes about Cold Weather - Section 4: Similes Are Like Comparisons, But More Detailed


In the future, I think I will have students create more similes primarily because there are, on average, four students in a row. By requiring five, even if students try to break up the work in a one-to-one ratio, there is still a need for an extra simile, motivating students to collaborate to create all five.

However, class discussion today allowed students to exchange ideas and build off of each other. As with their analysis of the given similes, I was particularly impressed with the groups completing each others ideas and bouncing ideas off of each other. They had "fun," but also stayed on task and demonstrated some great creativity and respect for each others ideas. The examples shown here really show this creativity: hands stuck like plaster, relatable to the arts students; annoying actors on infomercials, relatable to everyone; allusions to "Elf" and "Spongebob Squarepants"; and images of slave whips, showing at least some understanding of our look at Oluadah Equiano earlier in the year. 

I have updated the attached assignment to reflect the five-simile requirement. 

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Similes are Like Kittens Glued Together: Analyzing and Writing Similes about Cold Weather

Unit 10: Literacy: The Reality of It All--Realism in the American Story
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of figurative language by crafting similes to describe the cold weather of "The Polar Vortex."

Big Idea: How do you describe wind chills of 30 degrees below and walls of snow outside the school? By comparing it to something relatable, of course!

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