Similes: A Figures of Speech Mini Unit for Secondary ELA


Engage your students in a figurative language mini-unit where they learn all about similes. This simile figures of speech mini-unit is designed for the secondary ELA classroom. It contains direct-instruction teaching materials, guided student sketch notes, student practice worksheets, and hands-on task cards.

This Mini-Unit Contains:

  • a 19-slide presentation
  • sketch notes to accompany the presentation
  • two practice worksheets with answer keys
  • a scavenger hunt to use with any text
  • 12 task cards with a recording sheet and answer key
  • a 3-day suggested lesson plan

The PowerPoint Presentation Includes:

  • definitions for figurative language and simile
  • real-world and literature-based examples
  • explanations
  • a whole-class student exercise

This figures of speech mini-unit is one part of a bundle.

This unit will challenge students to not only identify and label figures of speech but to also go deeper and analyze and explain their meaning and effect on the audience. Furthermore, eight of the 12 task cards ask students to come up with similes in their own writing based on a prompt.

Suggested Use: Incorporate one figurative mini-unit into your classroom instruction each week so that students gain a solid understanding of each figure of speech.