Year 7 Study Similes and Metaphors

As part of their Literature component, Year 7 have been learning about literary devices such as similes and metaphors.

Though similar they are different; a simile uses like or as to draw a comparison, while metaphors describe someone or something directly. For example:

“You are a pig” is a metaphor, while “You eat like a pig” is a simile.

Here is a simile from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

His face was almost completely hidden by a long, shaggy mane of hair and a wild, tangled beard, but you could make out his eyes, glinting like black beetles under all the hair.

And here is a metaphor from Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

As a project, students created their own posters of similes and metaphors to display in their classroom.


similes and metaphors

So, appropriately, let us leave you with a metaphor.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

– Socrates


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