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Author: Nikki Hansen

To discuss and review similes, what they are and how to use them.

This packet provides a video slide show discussing similes, the differences between similes, synonyms and metaphors, and how to use similes. There is a song, as well as a video exemplifying the use of synonyms in poetry.

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This video discusses similes, what they are, and how they differ from synonyms.

Similes You May Be Familiar With

Remember: A simile is a type of metaphor which allows you to create an analogy between two things or ideas.

Here are some examples of similes you may be familiar with.  Remember, similes are comparisons using "like" or "as."

As smooth as butter

Bright like sunshine

As green as the grass

Ears like an elephant

Shaking like a leaf/ Shakes like a leaf

Simile Usage in Popular Media

Lyrics to a Simile Song

The lyrics to this song may help you to remember what a simile is, and how to use them.

Simile Song Lyrics

A Simile compares two things
By connecting them with words
Such as “Like” or “As”

Now let’s practice what we know
To give meaning and to show
What we want to say

As tough as nails,
As white as a ghost,
As blind as a bat,
It’s burnt like toast
It’s fun to make a Simile with words

You can use a Simile
When you are writing a story
Or when you’re writing poetry

You can make one up or use what is there
But make sure that you compare
Two different words with “Like” or “As”

As clear as a bell,
As cold as ice,
As free as a bird,
As high as a kite
It’s fun to make a Simile with words