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Singalong a simile

The articles from the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal that I posted a while back were, I thought at least, pretty good fun. But now I feel like sharing something completely different.

If you have a kid around the age of year four / third grade they might ask you what the difference is between a simile and a metaphor. If they do, just play this fabulous song by the Bazillions.

In fact, just play this song anyway. You don’t need a child, and you will never forget the difference. I used it while I was doing teacher training. Thirty kids sang along to it while composing their own similes and metaphors. It was a really memorable lesson.

Anyway, to cut to the chase “similes use like or as, metaphors need none of that: they say exactly what they want to say.”

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