“Like This and Like That”

Similes and metaphors are some of the most used literary devices in poetry and literature. They help the reader relate and measure the extent of the writers’ visual depiction in the poem. The poets from Ms. Pannells’ 5th grade class read two poems “Dreams” and “Harlem” by legendary poet Langston Hughes. They identified the similes and metaphors in these poems which inspired them to write some of their own. Enjoy!


Camila C.

They dress as if there were fashion designers

When I see my sisters, they smell like tulips

They are both tall as trees


They are teddy bears because they make me feel safe

They are calculators because they are intelligent

They are stars because they always shine bright to look in a positive way.


My Family

Giancarlos V.

My dad is as fast as a race car.

My brother plays as fast as a gamer.

My mom smells like an air freshener.

I’m cute and little like a guinea pig.


My dog is an athlete because he runs super fast.

My brother is a dog because he is super messy.

My little brother is a boxer because he hits super hard.

My mom is a calculator because she can add super fast.


Lisette A.

Cotton Candy is as soft as a cloud.

It’s as sweet as a sugar pool.

It can be colorful like a rainbow.

It tastes like heaven and light as a leaf.


My mom is a chancla goddess.

My friend Camila is a very smart calculator.

The sun is lava.

The snow is as freezer.

Ke’era B.

You are as cute as a panda in the prettiest woods

You are as strong as a brown bear and black bear combined

You are as smart as the Chromebook computer that is in the future

You are as tall as a redwood tree.


You are a bear cub with cute eyes

You are a redwood tree that stands up tall and never gives up

You are google with many smart choices

You are a cat that can jump high to the stars and very far


Angel G.

You are as radiant as a blooming tulip

You are like a shining sky

You are as charming as a sparkling diamond

You are like a delicate perfume


You are a beautiful firework with so many colors

Your love is a shining star bright and beautiful

You are a butterfly charming and radiant

You are a diamond shining and sparkly


Zayda Z.

You are as kind as a dog

You are as fast as cheetahs

You are funny as a clown

You are as pretty as a princess


You are a star

You are a flower

You are a clown because you are so funny

You are a freezer because you are so cool





“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.