Get Metaphor and Simile Savvy Through Writing

It started with “see Spot run,” and quickly progressed to “see Spot run, the brown dog, run after the stick.” But in the development of your child’s writing, what about “see Spot, the brown dog, run like the wind after the stick”? This last sentence uses a literary device called simile, and if your middle schooler hasn’t run into it yet, she’s about to.

But how do literary devices work? And how to help your middle schooler go from literal meaning to abstract expression in writing? Here’s a review of some common literary devices, and a fun creative writing activity to make things like metaphor a piece of cake!

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