Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Similes

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

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

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


  • 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 effective? Why?

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


  • 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.


  • Project the completed comics and ask students what each simile means. Is the simile effective?


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide sentence frames for students. 

  • Have students come up with their own similes to illustrate.


Suggested Story Starters: