Package 3-1: Exploring similes

This lesson is the first of three which aims to build student understanding of literary devices with a focus on similes - a figure of speech that compares two usually dissimilar things.

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Before your child starts

This lesson is the first of three which aims to build student understanding of literary devices with a particular focus on simile.

Literary devices

Literary devices are used in texts to connect with the reader and convey meaning. As your child reads they may be beginning to recognise literary devices used by authors. Your child may now be beginning to learn how to explain why the author has used the device. In narratives or stories, authors might use literary devices such as personification, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia and imagery to engage the reader and allow them to visualise the setting and characters.

Figurative language

Figurative language creates comparisons by linking the senses and concrete to abstract ideas. Words or phrases are used in a non-literal way for particular effect, for example simile, metaphor, personification. Figurative language may also use elements of other senses, as in hearing with onomatopoeia, or in combination as in synaesthesia.

What is a simile?

A simile is a figure of speech that compares two usually dissimilar things. The comparison starts with like, as, or as if. For example, ‘as soft as silk’ and ‘he ran like the wind’.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch the Exploring simile video lesson. The teacher will guide your child as they learn how to identify, explain and create examples of simile.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.

By the end of the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to be able to:

  • understand what a simile is.
  • complete examples of simile.
  • compose content for a blog to demonstrate understanding of simile.

What your child can do next

Your child will be completing a range of activities, including:

  • learning what a simile is.
  • completing some examples of simile.
  • creating a blog post about their understanding of simile.

Once this lesson has been completed, your child will be able to complete Learning Package 2 found on the website.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Work with your child to complete a range of predictable similes, such as, as light as a…

Have your child think of other things that are light apart from a feather. For example, as light as a newborn baby.

Activity too easy?

Your child might create a poem that incorporates simile within it. Alternatively, your child might find examples of and expand upon similes in texts they are reading.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might create an advertisement for a product with a simile slogan, for example, the cupcake is as soft as the fur on a newborn kitten. The advertisement could be a poster or a film

Activity sheet 1: Simile blog

Your task:

Fill in the blog sections about your understanding of a simile.

Your introduction:

  • What is a simile?
  • What are some clues that can help people find a simile?
  • Here is an example of a simile:
  • A picture of the simile:
  • Great things about a simile:
  • Things that are a little bit tricky about simile:
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