Lesson Plan : Similes vs Metaphors

Teacher Name:
 Shanda Kruse
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 This lesson plan will explain the difference between metaphors and similes. It will also introduce the literary term of "onomatopoeia".
Content:
 The teacher will provide the definition of the terms that will be followed by a real life illustration of the literary terms using comics. The lesson will conclude with students demonstrating their understanding of the terms by creating metaphors and similes about themselves.
Goals:
  The students will be able to easily differentiate between similes and metaphors. They will also be able to use the term "onomatopoeia".
Objectives:
 The students will be able to identify metaphors,similes, and onomatopoeia that appear on a hand-out. The students will utilize their understanding of the material to create self-expressions.
Materials:
 The students will need a pen or pencil. The teacher will provide written definitions on the board, a hand-out,and one index card per a student.
Introduction:
 The teacher will give a short lecture on the definitions of metaphors, similes, and onomatopoeia.
Development:
 The teacher will go over the comic-strip hand-out which will contain an example of each literary term. This will present the concepts visually and in a non-intimidating fashion.
Practice:
 The students will be instructed to write either a metaphor or a simile that represents them in an imaginative way. They will also write either a "M" for metaphor or a "S" for simile, depending on which they chose to write. Volunteers will read their creations aloud to the class.
Accommodations:
 The lesson is divided into auditory, visual and activity oriented sections to accommodate different styles of learning and possible hearing or visual difficulties. Other accommodations will be made if needed.
Checking For Understanding:
 The index cards will be handed in at the end of the lesson for the teacher so the teacher can assess comprehension and spot possible problem areas. Those that read their self-metaphors or similes will receive auditory feedback.
Closure:
 Class will be dismissed with the reminder that literary terms are everywhere: not just in the texts assigned.

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