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What are Similes???
Are similes like smiles?
The words look almost
alike.
No, that’s not it.
Oh! If we just learned about the poetic
device of alliteration, I bet this is another one of
those.
Let’s check it out.
Whenever you write, you are giving other
people information. The information is
usually descriptive in some way.
In poetry, your words must be VERY
DESCRIPTIVE.
But what if the person you tell the
information to doesn’t have the same
picture in his or her head that you do??
freedigitalpicture.net
Or if you state that
something is soft, you
might mean like this little
kitten.
freedigitalpicture.net
But what your reader
“sees”
is a roaring Bengal
tiger!!
So the simile to make your meaning clear would
How are you going to give
readers a “picture” with your
words that will help them “see”
what you are talking about more
clearly.
One way is by using
comparisons to things that your
So we can see that one way writers
make the images they use clear is
by using one of the poetic devices
called similes.
Remember -
Similes are just taking two
things that aren’t very alike at all
and showing a comparison of
the two using like or as between
them in the sentence.
For instance, if I wanted to write about one of the
three bears’ beds that was too hard to sleep on, you
wouldn’t really know how hard the bed
was. You might picture a firm mattress
which many people like to sleep on
freedigitalphotos.net
But if I use a simile and say,
freedigitalphotos.net
freedigitalphotos.net
“That the bed is hard as a rock,”
then you get a picture of just how hard
the bed really is, right?
You already use similes to give clearer
pictures of what you talk about to others -
What about eating Mexican food with hot
peppers in the meat?? You could use a
simile to describe it to your grandma –
“Grandma, the Mexican food we had was
good, but it was hot as a fire cracker!”
Now your grandma knows why you had to
drink so much water at dinner 
How about that!! You hear similes all the time,
like…
Your coat with the fur lining is as warm as
toast.
Those puppies are as cute as a button.
This storm looks bad – The sky is dark as the
inside of my closet.
We tried to go swimming at the lake, but the water
was cold as ice cubes so we got out.
Now you know what similes really are –
comparing two things using like or as that
aren’t alike to create a picture for your reader
–
Let’s all listen today and see how many similes
you hear and share the best one with me
tonight 
I’ll be a watching for the best simile I
receive.

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Simile presentation

  • 1. What are Similes??? Are similes like smiles? The words look almost alike. No, that’s not it. Oh! If we just learned about the poetic device of alliteration, I bet this is another one of those. Let’s check it out.
  • 2. Whenever you write, you are giving other people information. The information is usually descriptive in some way. In poetry, your words must be VERY DESCRIPTIVE. But what if the person you tell the information to doesn’t have the same picture in his or her head that you do??
  • 3. freedigitalpicture.net Or if you state that something is soft, you might mean like this little kitten. freedigitalpicture.net But what your reader “sees” is a roaring Bengal tiger!! So the simile to make your meaning clear would
  • 4. How are you going to give readers a “picture” with your words that will help them “see” what you are talking about more clearly. One way is by using comparisons to things that your
  • 5. So we can see that one way writers make the images they use clear is by using one of the poetic devices called similes. Remember - Similes are just taking two things that aren’t very alike at all and showing a comparison of the two using like or as between them in the sentence.
  • 6. For instance, if I wanted to write about one of the three bears’ beds that was too hard to sleep on, you wouldn’t really know how hard the bed was. You might picture a firm mattress which many people like to sleep on freedigitalphotos.net But if I use a simile and say, freedigitalphotos.net freedigitalphotos.net “That the bed is hard as a rock,” then you get a picture of just how hard the bed really is, right?
  • 7. You already use similes to give clearer pictures of what you talk about to others - What about eating Mexican food with hot peppers in the meat?? You could use a simile to describe it to your grandma – “Grandma, the Mexican food we had was good, but it was hot as a fire cracker!” Now your grandma knows why you had to drink so much water at dinner 
  • 8. How about that!! You hear similes all the time, like… Your coat with the fur lining is as warm as toast. Those puppies are as cute as a button. This storm looks bad – The sky is dark as the inside of my closet. We tried to go swimming at the lake, but the water was cold as ice cubes so we got out.
  • 9. Now you know what similes really are – comparing two things using like or as that aren’t alike to create a picture for your reader – Let’s all listen today and see how many similes you hear and share the best one with me tonight  I’ll be a watching for the best simile I receive.

Editor's Notes

  1. Similes??? Are they like something else I already know? Are they as easy and one, two, three?
  2. Whenever you write, you are giving other people information. But what if the person you tell the information to doesn’t have the same picture in his or her head that you do?? How are you going to give the reader a “picture” with your words that will help them “see” what you are talking about more clearly. One way is by using comparisons to things that your listeners do know.
  3. But what your reader “sees” is a roaring Bengal tiger
  4. One of those ways is by using poetic devices called similes. Similes are just taking two things that aren’t very alike at all and showing a comparison of the two using like or as between them in the sentence.
  5. What about eating Mexican food with hot peppers in the meat?? You could use a simile to describe it to your grandma – “Grandma, the Mexican food we had was good, but it was hot as a fire cracker!”
  6. Your coat with the fur lining is as warm as toast. Those puppies are as cute as a button. This lemon cake tastes like a big lemon drop. This storm looks bad – The sky is dark as the inside of my closet. We tried to go swimming at the lake, but the water was like ice cubes so we got out.
  7. Now you know what similes really are – comparing two things that aren’t alike to create a picture for your reader – Let’s all listen today and see how many similes you hear and share the best one with me tonight  I’ll be a watching for the best simile I receive.