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This is a fun interactive PowerPoint on common similes with an accompanying worksheet. A football coach uses many similes when he talks to his players, but he is confused and uses incorrect words. Students must figure out his substitutions and replace the scrambled similes with the correct words. They click forward through the slides for clues and to reveal the answers. I have also included a list of common similes that students can use as a reference guide. Similes are a type of figurative language that makes comparisons using the words like or as. There are many common similes in English, and students should be familiar with the well-known ones, and be able to avoid using them in their academic writing. They should also understand what a simile is and be able to develop their own and use them in creative writing.
Student Directions: Coach Hawkins loves to use similes (comparisons using like or as) when he talks to his team. Unfortunately, due to several concussions, he gets confused and replaces common phrases with the wrong words. Usually his substitutions are close, but nevertheless incorrect. See if you can figure out what he meant to say.
Correct the underlined words to make his similes make sense. If you need a hint, click forward. Click again for the answer. There are thirty-one similes. You should number your paper from 1 – 30, and write down your answer before the answer is revealed. Then check to see if you were correct.
Teacher Directions: Students click through the slides to get hints and answers. So the answers are embedded in each slide. I like to do this as a fun and casual whole group activity by presenting the slides to the entire class and have students take turns answering. You can also present it more formally, where the students view it, view the hints, discuss, and write down their answers before being shown the answer.
If you want to grade student answers, have them write down the number of the question on their own paper in PEN so they can’t erase it, and don’t show the answer until everyone has written down an answer. Then they can mark their answers right or wrong as you present the PowerPoint. There are thirty-one questions.
I also have made a companion worksheet, in case you would rather do this activity with a hard copy. (See the next slide) It is useful for when you have a student who was absent for the activity, or to use when you have a substitute.
This is not only a great resource for students who are English Language Learners, but I was surprised how many of my middle school students were not familiar with common similes.
After my students have completed this activity, I have them write similes of their own. I remind them that the best writing does NOT use common similes, and that they should be creative in their own work.
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