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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Online English Lesson Plans, Lesson Material and Ideas for Semester 2 Reading Lessons...

 

 

Reading: Similes & Metaphors

Source: http://arb.nzcer.org.nz/nzcer3/english/written/3000-199/wl3120.htm

 

 

In each of the poems below two different things are being compared.

 

  • Write down the two different things being compared in each poem, and explain all the ways in which the two things are shown to be alike in the poem.

The first one has been done as an example.

  

 

a)

Road Cones

The orange road cones
are the hats of the witches
who live in the gutters,
the grates, and the ditches.

They come out in dozens
whenever it rains
to dance orange dances
in water-filled drains.

By Andrew P. Wood

i)

  

ii)

What two things are being compared?

 Road cones  and  witches' hats 

In what ways are the two things alike?

   Road cones and witches' hats    

      are the same shape.                 

   Witches' hats move when they  

     dance and road cones move       

     when the drains fill with water.

  

 

b)

A knee is a chair to sit on

A knee is a chair to sit on
When you are tired,
Sometimes hard and strong
Like chairs in a classroom,
Sometimes soft as a cushion
And soft enough to sleep on
At the fireside.

By Stanley Cook

i)

 

ii)

What two things are being compared?

______________ and ______________

In what ways are the two things alike?

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Poetry sources:
'Road Cones', Written by Andrew P. Wood, School Journal, Part 2, No. 1, Learning Media, 1999.
'A Knee is a Chair to Sit On', Written by Stanley Cook, Junior Journal, 5:25, Learning Media, 1990.
'Lifeboat', Written by Diana Noonan, School Journal, Part 2, No. 3, Learning Media, 2001.
'Grainfield', Written by Pauline Cartwright, School Journal, Part 4, No. 1, Learning Media, 1997.
'Muster', Written by Alan Bagnall, School Journal, Part 3, No. 1, Learning Media, 1999.
'Lifeboat', Written by Diana Noonan, School Journal, Part 2, No. 3, Learning Media, 2001.

 

 

c)

Lifeboat

Pukeko feather
floating on the water
bright boat,
light boat,
lifeboat
to a ladybird
that's landed.

By Diana Noonan

i)

 

ii)

What two things are being compared?

______________ and ______________

In what ways are the two things alike?

__________________________________

__________________________________

__________________________________

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d)

Grainfield

I thought I looked on a field of
yellow grain.
But the wind rose, and I saw
it was a huge gold pool with rippling waters
lapping at a green grass shore.

By Pauline Cartwright

i)

 

ii)

What two things are being compared?

______________ and ______________

In what ways are the two things alike?

__________________________________

__________________________________

__________________________________

__________________________________

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e)

Muster

Slowly down the valley
The woolly flock flows.
A rippling mob of sheep,
Joined by more at every creek.
And as the valley widens,
The woolly river grows.

By Alan Bagnall

i)

 

ii)

What two things are being compared?

______________ and ______________

In what ways are the two things alike?

__________________________________

__________________________________

__________________________________

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