WebQuest for Similes, Metaphors, and Personification


When you have finished this WebQuest, you will be able to

-  define similes, metaphors, and personification

-  locate examples of them in writing samples

-  write some of your own

-  and explain what they mean and/or why they have been used.


1.  Begin by going to this website:


2.  Scroll down under the little green walking creature until you see the centered title “THE SIMILE.”  Read the definition and explanation of similes and then in your own words answer question one on your Activity Sheet.

 3.  Read the poem “Willow and Ginkgo” by Eve Merriam.  Find the eleven similes from the poem and list the eleven pairs of things compared on your Activity Sheet.


4. Scroll down and find the definition and explanation for metaphors.  Answer question 3 on your Activity Sheet.

5.  Use your blank piece of paper to do the next activity listed below the metaphor definition.

6.  Proceed to Poetry Worksheet #1 and put an X in the correct column for each number on your Activity Sheet.


7.  Go to this website http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112392/personification.html

8.  Read the definition and examples presented and answer question 5 on your Activity Sheet.

9.  Now go to http://www.imschools.org/cms/Units/Poetry/student2.htm  and use those sentences to fill out question 6 on your Activity Sheet.



Make sure that your name is on your Activity Sheet, print it out if it is on the computer, and hand it in. J