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Simile Worksheets

A simile is a comparison between two different things using the word “like” or “as.” Common Core State Standards require students to be able to identify and analyze similes and other figurative language techniques at around the third or fourth grade level. Many of the simile worksheets that I’ve found online are very basic and intended for students at the early levels of figurative language study. My worksheets are a bit more rigorous in the language that is used (which draws from classic and modern poetry) as well as the performance task required: in these worksheets students are to identify the two things being compared in each simile and then explain what the speaker was attempting to express in literal language. This forces students to truly consider the meaning of the simile in addition to identifying it. If you find that the language used in these worksheets is too challenging for your students, feel free to download the .rtf files and modify them for your classroom.

Simile Worksheet 1 – Students identify the two things being compared in each simile and then explain the literal idea that each simile expresses. This worksheet is double-sided and includes 10 problems and an example.
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Simile Worksheet 2 – Here are another 10 simile problems in which your students must identify the two things being compared and explain the literal idea that each simile expresses. These worksheet are a great way to reinforce a lesson about similes.
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Simile Worksheet 3 – This is another simile worksheet with 10 more problems to give your students useful practice with analyzing similes.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Similes and Figurative Language

Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

ELA Standards: Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a – Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a – Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.

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5 Comments

  1. navjeet

     /  March 22, 2017

    good

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  2. dashiya robinson

     /  November 10, 2015

    A simile is a sentence that uses like or as and combining the two sentences about any subject

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    • Please don’t confuse a simile with a complex sentence. Similes make comparisons between two dissimilar things using the words like or as.

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  3. jcriner@ccs135.com

     /  October 22, 2015

    Thank you. I hope to use this for my class.

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