By: Sid Fleischman 1986 Troll Communications L.L.C.
Objectives/Standards: (Note: Accelerated Reader rating is 3.8)
Fourth Grade…Language Arts – Reading:
1.6 Distinguish and interpret words with multiple meanings.
3.5 Define figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification)
and identify its use in literary works.
Materials Needed: copies of the book The Whipping Boy, computer, drawing program
such as MS Paint, Kid Pix, etc., students who are eager to create!
1. Students will read Chapters 5-8. After completion, they will be guided to the
following pages and similes:
Page 6…”your tongue hangs out like a red flag!”
Page 7…”the moon gazed down like an evil eye…”
Page 21 …”Prince Brat’s face turned red as hot iron.”
2. After discussion, students can review previous chapters and locate other similes.
3. Either in partners or in pairs, students will make up their own similes and use MS
Paint, Kid Pix, or other program to illustrate the simile.
4. Drawings and similes can be saved and imported into PowerPoint to use as a
Evaluation of this activity is based on the creativity of the students’ illustrated similes as
well as their explanation (either a few sentences written out or conveyed orally) of how
this type of writing helps the reader form a vivid mental picture of the situation.
1. Use the software Inspiration, to created story map or character web of the book
The Whipping Boy.
2. Use MS Publisher and have the whole class devise a newspaper from medieval
3. Search on the Internet for information on medieval life. Try this great link that
explores various castles around the world.