Using Like or As
This worksheet is a learning tool for understanding and identifying similes, which are figures of speech that compare two unlike things using the words “like” or “as.” It provides a series of sentences, each containing a simile, and tasks the student with pinpointing what two things are being compared in each instance. The students are instructed to find the simile in every sentence and then write down the two elements that are being compared. For example, they need to recognize that in the simile “as heavy as a boulder,” the dog’s weight is being compared to a boulder.
The worksheet is designed to teach students to recognize similes and understand how they function to create vivid imagery in language. By identifying the two components of each simile, students learn to appreciate how similes enhance descriptive writing and make abstract qualities more concrete. The activity helps to build analytical skills as students dissect sentences to find the comparative elements. Moreover, this exercise encourages students to think creatively about how everyday objects and characteristics can be compared in imaginative ways.