Get Metaphor and Simile Savvy Through Writing
It started with “see Spot run,” and quickly progressed to “see Spot run, the brown dog, run after the stick.” But in the development of your child's writing, what about “see Spot, the brown dog, run like the wind after the stick”? This last sentence uses a literary device called simile, and if your middle schooler hasn't run into it yet, she's about to.
But how do literary devices work? And how to help your middle schooler go from literal meaning to abstract expression in writing? Here's a review of some common literary devices, and a fun creative writing activity to make things like metaphor a piece of cake!
What You Need:
- Familiarize your middle-schooler with these common terms:
- Metaphor: comparing two dissimilar things as though one is actually the other, as in “Your room is a pigsty.” Is there really dirt and slop in your child’s room? Of course not, but by linking the two, you send a clear message: your room is a mess, and it's time to clean it up!
- Simile: comparing two dissimilar things using “like” or “as.” For instance, “She’s as mad as a hornet,” or “Her love is like a red red rose.”
- Personification: giving human qualities to a non-human. In the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” for example, Longfellow writes, “…he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,/The watchful night-wind, as it went/Creeping along from tent to tent,/And seeming to whisper, "All is well!".