The following pages will teach your students about different types of analogies using word pairs.

When we want a concept to really sink in for a reader, we will often form a link between something they are familiar and something that is new to them. This is called an analogy. The use of language in this manner can often help them quickly see our point. In order to be able to create these ourselves successfully we really need to understand the audience that we are writing this for. We have to know what would best illustrate our point. Analogies are built by establishing a particular relationship between two words, then using that as an example to demonstrate the same relationship between another pair of words.

These worksheets start out simple by relating words. As we advance through the lessons, we will have our students learn to write engaging content that will resonate with their audience. We will explore new concepts that they may need to research a bit too. Using this style of writing will help you learn to communicate your message much better. We also define different types of relationships, such as part of a group, distinguishing characteristics, cause and effect, and more. Students will be presented with a word pair whose relationship must be determined in order to correctly match it with another word pair that has the same relationship. Note: Though it is tempting to say similes and metaphors are analogies, that isn’t quite correct. Similes and metaphors are more artistic comparisons, while analogies are more logical.

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Print Analogy Worksheets

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Literature Analogies

How are the words related to each other? Choose one of the relationships provided and write it on the line.

SAT Primer

Determine the relationship between the first set of words. Then fill in the blank with a word that creates the same relationship between the second pair of words.

Multiple Choice

Choose a word on the right that best expresses a relationship similar to that of the original pair.

Understanding Analogies Worksheet

To understand the analogy, first you need to figure out the relationship between the first pair of words. You can do this by making a sentence that relates the two words to one another.

Completing Analogies

Choose the word that best completes each analogy.

Creating Analogies

Determine the relationship between the first set of words. Then fill in the blank with a set of words that have the same relationship.


Rewrite each analogy below so that it makes sense. Indicate what kind of analogy it is.

What is it?

In each case, the analogy describes the relationship of a part to a whole. A student is part of a class, and a player is part of a team.

What's the Relationship?

If you have ever played the game Tribond. This is very familiar to you.

This Is To That As…

The main challenge to this one is explaining the relationship in your own words.

Word Relationships

Take your time with this worksheet. A few will work, but which works best.

9 In the Mix

The key is to find the second part.

What's Wrong?

You will need to fix all of these sentences.

Is it a Sound Analogy?

Explain why they do not work, and then change words as needed to make the analogy sound.

Difficulty on High

Each question below presents a word relationship and a pair of words that is an example of that relationship.