Students read "Sweet Like A Crow", a poem filled with similes and then write their own version of the poem. Students love to brainstorm all of the things that are their pet peeve and the class discussion is usually lively! I always get great results with this poem as students enjoy writing about things that irritate them.
Includes assignment sheet, the poem it's based on, and a brainstorming sheet.
This is a terrific activity, but in my humble opinion teachers should be warned to do a little research first before offering up this complex and rich poem. Even better, the unit itself could include some background. Fortunately I spent a bit of time previewing it and guessed the setting is India, but one reference online says Sri Lanka. Students could try to guess based on clues. Words like vattacka (a fish?), Royal-Thornian (a cricket match), pappadan (could only find pappadam--thin Indian cracker, sometimes served like tortilla chips w/ salsa at Indian restaurants here), and Pettah (town known for open-air bazaars in Sri Lanka) need to be explained! Guiding questions would be helpful -- how is curry a simile for a crow's caw? Etc. With teacher prep, this is a fabulous activity.