Can you give me an example of a metaphor or simile in just a few words?
Metaphors and similes are types of figurative language They add creativity and detail to your writing They help you explain tricky concepts in unique ways
Metaphors and Similes: Explained for Kids
Metaphor: A metaphor is a comparison between two things that suggests one thing is another, without using the words 'like' or 'as' Simile: A simile is a comparison between two things that suggests one thing is like another, using the words 'like' or 'as' Figurative Language: Figurative language is a way of writing or speaking that is not literal. It adds color and emotion to writing.
Metaphors and similes are used to illustrate ideas. Which of the following best describes how they work?
- A metaphor is like a painting, while a simile is like a sculpture
- A metaphor compares two things that are not alike, while a simile compares two things that are similar
- A metaphor explains one thing in terms of another, while a simile uses 'like' or 'as' to compare two things
- A metaphor looks at the similarities between two things, while a simile looks at the differences between them
The ancient Greeks and Romans used metaphors and similes in their writings over 2,000 years ago! The most famous metaphor in the English language is 'All the world's a stage' from William Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. 'I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work,' is a famous quote by Thomas Edison that uses metaphors to express his determination.
Draw / write: How are metaphors and similes similar to each other?
Draw / write: Can you think of any examples of metaphors and similes that you have heard?
What is the difference between a metaphor and a simile?
How can metaphors and similes be used to make writing more interesting?