By Teachers, For Teachers
In trying to teach figurative language, I usually run into the problem of metaphor. Middle school students have a horrible time wrapping their heads around metaphors, much less the DIFFICULT assignment of understanding extended metaphors.
Metaphors are so abstract that their brains have a hard time processing them, so I’ve decided to start with something I call simile strings.
Introducing Simile Strings
I define a simile string as several similes all related to one topic. These are much like an extended metaphor, but a little easier because kids can still rely on “like” or “as” which, for some reason, makes them more comfortable.
To introduce the concept of simile strings, I use the following two songs because they use simile strings in their choruses:
Simile String Assignment
I then put the kids to work on creating their own simile strings with these specifications:
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