Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Shower Your Story With Similes: A Storytelling Worksheet

Rainy Day in Paris
Gustave Caillebotte, 1877
I am always searching for new ways to help my storytelling students connect with their stories and make them their own. I use a variety of worksheets I created, which can be found in my book, Story by Story: Creating a StudentStorytelling Troupe. However, since I have returning students from year to year I try to offer something new and fresh.

Recently I asked them to work with their stories, adding a few similes using the
 worksheet I created below. Here are some of the examples my fourth and fifth grade students added to their stories, the simile portions are underlined.

  • So he took out his slingshot and shot the sparrow with the aim of a skilled archer.
  • With the roar of a lion he demanded to know how he had become rich so suddenly.
  • As quick as a squirrel the older brother began to climb, and climb, and climb.
  • The woods were as dark as an evil castle.
  • She went home as sad as a dog without food.
  • As softly as a mouse she asked her, “Do you see him? Do you see my brother?”
  • Her face healed as fast as butter melted.
  • In days long ago, the sky was as close to Earth as a little boy is to his mother.

It was a good exercise for them to further visualize details about their characters and setting

Please feel free to use the worksheet below in your personal work with your students. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without written permission. (Please refer to full copyright statement at the end of the blog post.)

Karen Chace 2018 ©
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Connie Regan-Blake said...

This is great Karen. Very creative.
Let me know if you'd be OK with me using some of your ideas (with full credit to you) with some of my adult storytelling students.

Karen Chace said...

Hi Connie,

I would be honored to have you use some of my ideas. Thank you for asking.