"Teaching poetry to kids of any age is a blast.
Simile? Think of your least favorite subject and your least favorite chore and combine them with “like.”
Personification? Give that chocolate-chip cookie a tone of voice as it calls you to eat it.
Metaphor? If your sister were a dog, what kind would she be?
During my 20 years of teaching high school English and Social Studies, however, I found the power of metaphor stretched far beyond poetry. When extended, a metaphor is more than a descriptive tool; it becomes a system for comprehending and articulating complex concepts.