Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Similes

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Explanation

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5.A

Brief Description: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the use of similes by creating a comic.

Know Before You Start: Students will need a basic understanding of similes prior to the lesson.

Silly Similes - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Silly Similes - Exemplar comic, panel 2

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the Sample Comics. How do the comparisons “as different as night and day” and “like an angry monster” help us get a better understanding of the characters? Which simile is more do you think is more effective? Why?

  • Discuss with students that similes are figures of speech that compare two different things in an interesting way using the word "like" or "as."

Activity:

  • Provide students with similes from a current text being read in class or from the similes provided. 

  • Ask students to select one of the similes and create a comic that demonstrates its meaning.

Closure: Project the created comics and ask students what each simile means. Is the simile effective?

Differentiation:

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.

  • Provide sentence frames for students. 

  • Enrichment activity- have students come up with their own similes to demonstrate.

Resources: Comic for print or display: Comic 1.

List of Similes.