Mother’s Day is coming up, and it’s the perfect chance to practice figurative language. Help your students create thoughtful cards, packed with rich similes and metaphors that relate directly to their mothers.
Some of these ideas will build on the Fancier Figurative Language video at Byrdseed.TV (currently a free video). Take a peak for some concrete ways to push kids’ use of figurative language.
Identify Something Great
First, we’ll identify something mom does that’s particularly great. This might be something she does around the house, at her job, or perhaps while volunteering at school. We’ll use these three examples:
- Fixing the car
Then, we’ll build on these ideas to make a clever metaphor for mom’s love.
- Cooking: perhaps mom’s love is as wonderful as something she cooks
- Fixing the car: mom helps me like someone tuning up a car
- Accounting: mom is careful and thoughtful in the way she loves me
Build The Simile
Now, we’ll make the connection as a simile:
- Your love is as wonderful as a steak.
- You help me with homework like a mechanic tunes up an engine.
- When you make sure I’m ready in the morning, you’re as careful as when you check financial records.
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Get More Specific!
Let’s beef up these simple similes by getting more specific. I’ve revised my earlier examples below:
- Your love is as wonderful as a perfectly cooked, medium-rare t-bone with a potato on the side.
- You help me with homework like a mechanic tuning up a 2.2L V6 turbocharged engine just before the Indy 500.
- When you make sure I’m ready in the morning, it’s like you’re meticulously checking your top client’s records.
Make Them Metaphors
In my experience, students are less comfortable with metaphors. Encourage students to convert their similes:
- Mom, your love is a perfectly cooked t-bone that I’ve waited for all day!
- When you help me with homework, you’re a mechanic, getting an engine ready for the Indy 500.
- When you make sure I’m ready in the morning, you’re a thoughtful auditor, looking for the slightest error.
Obviously, these have to become illustrated cards to hand to mom. Here’s my sample:
If you try this, be sure to let me know how it goes!