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1 Learning Target: Identifies Literary Devices within Text

2 A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things Uses the words like or as Examples: The snow is like a soft white blanket. The snow fell, as quietly as a feather drifting to the ground. An eraser is like a rewind button for your brain! Her smile is as dazzling as diamonds in the sun.

3 A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two things WITHOUT using the words like or as Examples: The snow is a soft white blanket. My pencil is my voice on paper. She was a gazelle, clearing the hurdles with ease. The breeze was a soft touch on my cheek.

4 Authors often use similes and metaphors to create vivid descriptions Writers use similes and metaphors to describe a character or some important action Writers use similes and metaphors when they want the reader to see what is happening. LETS TAKE A LOOK…

5 The author, Karen Ackerman, describes Grandpas dancing and singing: His feet move slowly at first, while his tap shoes make soft, slippery sounds like rain on a tin roof…He does a new step that sounds like a woodpecker tapping on a tree. Suddenly, his shoes move faster, and he begins to sing. His voice is as round and strong as a canyon echo…

6 The author, Patricia Polacco,uses figurative language just as the geese return to Lake Merritt: Then they heard a sound in the darkness. At first, it was a soft distant symphony of rushing wind, but it built like summer thunder: low, deep, and grand.

7 Poets use similes and metaphors to create clear images for the reader. In this stanza from a poem entitled January, John Updike presents a metaphor comparing the sun, a fiery ball of gas, to a short spark, in order to describe the short days between the long nights of winter. The days are short, The sun a spark Hung thin between The dark and dark.

8 In groups of three, go through each book and identify examples of figurative language each author uses. Mark each page with a sticky note. Be ready to share your examples with the class. Learning Target: Identifies Literary Devices within Text


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