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Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically (reasoning used to identify, evaluate, and solve an analogy) are important problem-solving skills. Problem-solving is an essential element of higher level critical thinking. Analogies teach students to break problems down into their component parts, examine relationships, and make it easier to recognize familiar formats that enable students to produce solutions.
This lesson teaches students the various relationships in analogies and how to identify them by verbalizing and comparing. This lesson includes a guiding PPT with notes for instruction, links to fun and informative videos, a worksheet that moves from simple to complex analogy problems, and optional homework.