Friday, 13 September 2013

Similes, Metaphors and Idioms - Definitions, Examples and more

Mastering figurative speech is one of the things that really makes a writer's work more descriptive and and polished. Here is a compilation of books and freebies that you can use to teach Similes, Metaphors and Idioms in your classroom.

A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike. Example: As busy as a bee.


A metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something. Example: You are what you eat.  

I love the way that the introduction for this book about metaphors was written: 'Here's a BRIGHT IDEA: read this book. It's a PIECE OF CAKE. And trust us; no one will call you A TURKEY. For more metaphors, look inside.'

An idiom is a phrase in which the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words.
Idiom definition

Example: It's raining cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs idiom pictures

Idiom book:

Here are free printables that you can use in your classroom for teaching literary devices:

You may also be interested in my Idiom Posters. filled with illustrated examples of idioms for everyday classroom use.
Idiom definitions examples

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