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Descriptive Writing: Similes and Metaphors

In this worksheet, students practise identifying similes and metaphors and learn how to use them in their descriptive writing.

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'Descriptive Writing: Similes and Metaphors' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Imagery (Metaphors, Similes & Personification)

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Worksheet Overview

A metaphor describes something as if it was something else.

For example:

My feet are blocks of ice.

This is a metaphor because it means 'my feet are very cold', but doesn't literally mean that the speaker's feet are blocks of ice.


If the speaker had said, 'My feet are like blocks of ice,' or 'My feet are as cold as blocks of ice,' it would have been a simile rather than a metaphor. Similes compare things by using the words 'like' or 'as....as'.

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