Character Traits and Similes

Day 1

Play the game, "Would You Rather..." **The options are based on the story My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, but can be changed to fit a different text.

Students will stand in a line, they will step to the right or left depending on their answer to each of the following quesitons:

Would you rather....?

Step to the Right if...Step to the Left if.....
you have an older brother or do not have an older brother or sister.
you'd rather be the fastest'd rather be the slowest runner.
you'd rather win a'd rather lose a contest.
you'd rather throw the farthest distance. you'd rather throw the shortest distance.



My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother


Day 2

Do you realize if you sang a song along with the radio on your way to school, you probably already used several forms of figurative language today?  Listen to the songs in this link.  Can you identify specific types of figurative language?  Do you hear any comparisons?  Why do you suppose song artists use figurative language in their lyrics?  “Turn and Talk” with a partner or small group and discuss these questions.

Can you spot the use of similes in My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother? How does it help you as a reader.

Now, find a paragraph in My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. Rewrite the paragraph to include 1-2 similes that will help the reader better visualize or understand the text.