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Identify Text Meaning

In this worksheet, students practise identifying and completing similes and metaphors.

'Identify Text Meaning' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

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

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A simile is a way of describing something by comparing it to something else.

Tornado

He rushed in and out again like a whirlwind.

Feather

I can easily lift this case. It's as light as a feather

 

A simile uses the words 'like' or 'as....as'.

 

Metaphors also compare things, but do not use the words 'like' or 'as....as'. When we write metaphors we state that something actually is something else, even though it is impossible.

Ice cube

My feet are blocks of ice.

Our feet are not really blocks of ice, but using this metaphor is more interesting than simply saying 'my feet are cold'.

Select the option that completes this simile.

 

As dark as _________.

A feather

Night

Light

Select the option that completes this simile.

 

As heavy as ________.

a feather

ice

lead

This time there are two ways of completing the simile. Tick both boxes.

 

As light as _________.

A feather

A brick

Air

Ice

Select the option that complete this simile.

 

As cold as _______.

air

ice

wind

This time, decide whether the description is a simile or a metaphor.

 

My brother Peter is a little monkey.

simile

metaphor

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

You're as stubborn as a mule.

simile

metaphor

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

Come out and play instead of sitting there like a sack of potatoes!

simile

metaphor

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

His hands are like shovels. 

simile

metaphor

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

I'm as warm as toast sitting by this fire. 

simile

metaphor

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

He never sits still. He's a jack-in-a-box. 

simile

metaphor

  • Question 1

Select the option that completes this simile.

 

As dark as _________.

CORRECT ANSWER
Night
EDDIE SAYS
Let\'s do this! You need to think about which option is what the description says. In this example you are looking for something that is \'dark\'. \'Night\' is the best option here.
  • Question 2

Select the option that completes this simile.

 

As heavy as ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
lead
EDDIE SAYS
Which of these is actually heavy? A simile is comparing someone or something to another object or person that fits the description. \'Lead\' is the most likely thing to be \'heavy\' so it is the best option.
  • Question 3

This time there are two ways of completing the simile. Tick both boxes.

 

As light as _________.

CORRECT ANSWER
A feather
Air
EDDIE SAYS
In this example either \'air\' or \'a feather\' would be correct as both are actually light. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 4

Select the option that complete this simile.

 

As cold as _______.

CORRECT ANSWER
ice
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? \'Ice\' has to be the correct answer here as it gives us the best description of being \'cold\'.
  • Question 5

This time, decide whether the description is a simile or a metaphor.

 

My brother Peter is a little monkey.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The description states that Peter is a little monkey, not that he is like a little monkey, so it is a metaphor.
  • Question 6

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

You're as stubborn as a mule.

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! The description uses \'as...as\' so it is a simile.
  • Question 7

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

Come out and play instead of sitting there like a sack of potatoes!

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
This uses a simile as it says \'like a\'. A metaphor is when we say a person or object is something, e.g \'The boy was a brave lion.\' Keep it up!
  • Question 8

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

His hands are like shovels. 

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? This is comparing something with another object. It is a simile. You got this super star!
  • Question 9

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

I'm as warm as toast sitting by this fire. 

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of it? Again this is comparing so it is a simile. We are the subject is \'as warm as toast\'. Not that they are \'warm toast\'. This would be a metaphor.
  • Question 10

Does this sentence contain a simile or a metaphor?

 

He never sits still. He's a jack-in-a-box. 

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! This is a metaphor as we are saying that the subject is actually a \'jack-in-the-box\'. If we were to say \'he is like a jack-in-the box\' this would be a simile.
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