Similes and Metaphors in Poetry Middle School

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Mrs Nelson Teaches
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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This was so helpful in my poetry unit! My students were engaged and having great conversations about the topics. Thank you!
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Similes and Metaphors are so fun to teach to middle school students! Through poetry, students will learn about figurative language and how it affects a poem.

With 35+ Slides and student worksheets, this print-and-go resource will teach students about similes and metaphors and how they affect poetry and writing. Through a fun and engaging PowerPoint or Google Slides Presentation, students will have been exposed to numerous examples and have ample opportunities to practice interpreting figurative language in poetry--both as a class and individually with the included two-page assignment.

This activity works well for traditional in-person or can also be used digitally for distance learning.

Included in this .pdf file:

  • Link to download Google Slides Presentation (35+ slides!)
  • Instructions for saving GS Presentation as a PowerPoint Presentation.
  • Basic Lesson Plan with step-by-step teacher instructions.
  • Two-page assignment for students on Similes and Metaphors
  • Answer key for Similes and Metaphors assignment

This is just one of the lessons I use in my comprehensive and FUN poetry unit-Check it out!

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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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