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Teacher Lesson Return to "Books: Friends Forever"
Books: Friends Forever
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Objectives: Give students practice in:
• Recognizing similes and metaphors;
• locating information in texts;
• taking notes;
• working cooperatively in small groups.

Story: “Books: Friends Forever”

Before the lesson: This lesson involves you reading metaphorical phrases from the story and asking the group to identify what things in the story the phrases describe. Here are the images as they appear in the story:

Metaphor or Simile or Other?

Herding/Getting students to class
Whistle blowing/Sound of principal’s voice
Lost ant/Writer’s self-image
Chain around legs /How the writer felt when approaching the group
Body froze/Feeling when approached by angry girls
Monkeys/Boys in cafeteria
Cats/Girls in cafeteria
Street market/Cafeteria
Captured my heart/Impact of poetry on the writer
Mountains/Life’s challenges
Walking into ocean/Author discovering the library
Heart melting/Author’s reaction to books

Activity: Hand out the story. Split your group into smaller ones. Tell them each group will have 15 minutes to read the story.

While reading the story they should circle as many metaphors and similes as they can find and then write them in left hand column of the chart on the next page.

When students are done, go around the room asking students to shout out the metaphors and similes they have found in the story. As they do identify them, ask them what the metaphor or simile refers to. They should put that information in the right hand column.

Here are definitions of metaphor and simile from

Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.”

Simile: a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.”
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