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Metaphors, Similes and Personification Writing Posters - KS2 Classroom Displays

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This KS2 English pack contains three poster sets illustrating different ways to use creative imagery in writing: metaphors, similes and personification.

Each set includes a completed A4 poster; an A4 poster without example text, so children can add their own; a giant poster for a larger wall display.

The whole resource is ideal for starting up conversations about the choices we make as writers, and what effect these choices have on readers and are perfect for a classroom display.

What is a metaphor?

A metaphor is a figure of speech where you say one thing (figuratively) is another thing.

Metaphor examples

  • The lesson was chaos
  • The new teacher is a giant
  • These computers are 100 years old
  • The staff meeting was a nightmare
  • I’m freezing!

What is a simile?

A simile is a figure of speech used to compare one thing to another.

Simile examples

  • As busy as a bee
  • Cool as a cucumber
  • It’s like clockwork
  • They acted like animals
  • I slept like a log

What is personification?

Personification is a figure of speech where you apply human or natural characteristics to objects. Or alternatively, where you say someone or thing is the embodiment of an abstract concept (such as describing someone as ‘the personification of evil’.

Personification examples

  • My taste buds danced with every bite of the cake.
  • The sirens screamed as the ambulance sped by.
  • The mud grabbed at our feet as we made our way across the field.
  • The shirt was calling out to me to buy it.
  • The pipes in the old house creaked and moaned.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Discuss how authors use language, including figurative language (investigating and using similes)

  • 3 x A4 completed posters
  • 3 x A4 posters without example text
  • 3 x giant posters
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