Reading Response Exercise #27: Literary Language–Similes and Metaphors

For this week’s reading response, read for at least twenty to thirty minutes with a pen or pencil and paper on hand.

When you come across a simile or metaphor the author has used to help describe something in the text, jot the phrase down.

What are similes and metaphors? They are ways of describing things in the text using the technique of comparisons. Similes are blatant comparisons and use the terms “like” or “as,” and say that something in the text is like something else. Metaphors are like sneaky similes. The major difference being they do not use the words “like” or “as.” Metaphors simply say or imply that something is something else, with the author intending the reader to understand it is like this other thing, not really being this other thing.

When done with your reading, look over the similes and metaphors you’ve collected. Then choose two nouns that relate to your reading (these could be persons, places, things, or ideas) and write a simile for one, and a metaphor for the other.

Share your responses with your reading partners. Maybe even have fun trying to create more similes and metaphors as a group.