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Encourage your students to fall in love with creative writing through the inclusion of figurative language in their compositions. The central focus of this lesson is for students to add descriptive details through the use of similes to compare people, places, things, or ideas in narrative compositions. This lesson begins with a pre-assessment to evaluate students' prior knowledge of similes. It also includes the following effective teaching practices (sure to impress your principal and boost student performance!):
- constructivist strategies, such as encouraging students to construct their own definition of simile
- the use of a mentor text to model a writing strategy (and to celebrate diversity!)
- the use of an anchor chart to practice the writing strategy (using the I do, we do, you all do, you do strategy)
- opportunity for students to self-evaluate
- and more!
This lesson is intended for a small group of third grade students but could easily be adapted for whole group or for the 3-5 grade band.
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