Use this activator before reading Sandra Cisneros' short story. This activator focuses on the opening paragraph of the story and then asks students to write their own similes. During reading, students look for ten similes. This lesson contains a PowerPoint with the images of an onion, tree rings, and Russian nesting dolls (with a link to a video showing them in action), a step-by-step guide to writing similes, a simile scavenger hunt, and the key.
Common Core aligned RL 4.
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