Lesson Plan

Similes with Linking Words

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the structure and meaning of similes. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and determine the meaning of metaphors and similes.

Language

Students will be able to recognize and use linking words in similes using word banks and sentence frames for support.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today they will be learning to identify similes. Write the content objective on the board in student-friendly language (i.e., "I can recognize and understand similes.").
  • Write the word "simile" in large letters in the center of a piece of chart paper and use it as a "brain dump."
    • Give students a moment of thinking time to silently consider what they know (or want to know) about similes.
    • Tell students to turn and talk to an elbow partner about what they know (or want to know).
    • Call on volunteers to share the background knowledge, examples, and questions that they shared with (or heard from) their partner.
    • Record student responses on the chart paper surrounding the word "simile." Add key facts to the brain dump to supplement student responses if needed (i.e., similes can be found in poems, songs, and stories).
  • Keep the "brain dump" displayed throughout the lesson and add to it as other questions arise. (Note: leave some blank space on the chart paper to be used at the end of the lesson.)