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How to Use Examples, Analogies, Similes and Metaphors when Writing your Essay

In this video, I break down how to use examples, metaphors, analogies, and similes to build and explain your ideas in your writing. You can use these in your paragraphs and essays to take your ideas to the next level. I explain the difference between examples, metaphors, analogies, and similes and how to use them.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:39 How to Use Examples
  • 2:00 Analogies, Similes and Metaphors Explained
  • 3:28 Example of Analogies, Similes and Metaphors
  • 4:13 Best Example of an Analogy
  • 5:25 Review, Revise and Edit


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Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.