Have you ever used interactive art journals with your students? If you have, you can truly relate to the great resource it can be for students. Students are able to track their thinking processes over time and have an organized method of storing their notes and thinking processes. Each day, my students record their thinking and notes in their journals.
This journal entry lists different similes that can be included in future writing.
Bloom's Taxonomy of thinking is integrated into the lessons. Stage one includes students knowing figurative language. This page illustrates different idioms. Stage two moves on to students using their collection of figurative language in their writing. Stage three of the instruction process includes students analyzing the effect of figurative language in the writing of others. This last stage relates to Common Core Standard RL.4.