Similes are one device authors can use to compare two different things. They are easily identified because they use the words "like" or "as" in the comparison. The use of this literary device can bolster the readers imagination and it can make the work more vivid in their mind. This is one of the several different opportunities where the author can connect better with their reader. Many fans of reading often gravitate towards the work of authors that use this technique.
The following collection of activity sheets will help your students learn how to identify and use similes correctly. Activities include completing sentences with the correct simile from a given list, identifying similes within given sentences, identifying which things are being compared by a simile, differentiating between similes and metaphors, and more. Metaphors and similes make comparisons, but the difference between the two are the words that are used. Metaphors state direct comparisons, while similes use words such as like or as. That is the dead give away on that. They are often confused with metaphors which are also used to make comparisons. The specific difference between these two are that similes us the two words (like or as) we mentioned earlier to form the contrast between things. Metaphors on the other hand, do not use these words. Similes are also used in situations that call for a simple meaning or saying. Metaphors are meant to be used in situations that require having deeper thought and emotions.