Similes: Komodo dragon

2 - The Grammar Bit

The Grammar Bit!

Read the three sentences opposite. They each contain a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two unrelated things by using the words as or like.

An effective simile should help paint a vivid image in the reader’s mind. It should be useful, concise and memorable.

Discuss with your talk partner how effective the similes in the sentences opposite are by giving each one a score rating from one to five.

1 = poor      5 = excellent

Scintillating Sentences

1) The Komodo dragon’s serrated teeth were as sharp as steak knives.

3) Like a snake tasting the air, the prowling dragon flicked its forked tongue in and out with rapid fire.

4) Like a king surveying his kingdom, the dragon watched over its territory.

Scientists have recently discovered that when a Komodo dragon bites, venom oozes from its mouth into the victim. The weakened animal is followed by the dragon until it collapses. Only then, will it move in for the kill.