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  1. Metaphor An object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol of something else. When Sam accidentally shared the secret, it was clear that the cat was out of the bag.

  2. Simile A phrase that uses the words like or as to describe someone or something by comparing it with someone or something else that is similar The fans ran toward the celebrity like moths to a flame.

  3. Personification The practice of representing a thing or idea as having the qualities of a person. It was such a gorgeous day, I was sure the sun was smiling down on us.

  4. Flying By Reeve Lindbergh

  5. A Noelle B Nandhan C Giselle D Andrew L Groups A Shreyas B Taylor C Drew D Keyana A Olivia B Warren C Curtis D Ridleigh A Jun B Marissa C Wesley D Molly A Tanner B Andrew K C William D Scarlett A Eric B Rachel C Sarah D Peter

  6. While you read… As a group, identify metaphors, similes, and personification in the story. Group member B is responsible for identifying these in the text.

  7. When you’re done reading… As a group, discuss and answer these questions. Group member C is responsible for writing down his or her group’s answers. Where did Reeve grow up? What warning did Reeve’s father give him about the propeller? Why do you think Reeve’s father disliked skydiving so much? What did Reeve’s mother mean when she said, “Most of the really important things in our lives are invisible anyway.”? What did Reeve mean when he said his father “was” the plane?

  8. First… • Quickwrite: Does figurative language (metaphors, similes, and personification) improve literature? Explain your opinion in a complete paragraph (4-6 sentences; 10 or more words per sentence). • Then… • Write one example of each in a sentence using at least ten words: • Metaphor • Simile • personification.