Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Similes are Like Kittens Glued Together: Analyzing and Writing Similes about Cold Weather - Section 2: Collaboration is like Group Work: Simile Analysis


Obviously, my students are familiar with similes, as they tend to be one of the first figures of speech they learn when studying literature in grade school. By building on that prior knowledge, not just writing similes, but analyzing and explaining how and why they "work", my students really impressed me. I have found that similes tend to be easier for students to "grasp" than metaphors, as they have very specific parameters. By working together, discussing not only how and why they work, but which ones the students liked, they were able to make connections that should extend to our look at metaphorical language as we move ahead into short stories, poetry, and novel study--as backdrops for other CCSS skills--this year. 

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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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