• A comparison of two things, usually noting more than one point of similarity. An analogy draws particular attention to the features of two things that are alike.

An example

  • In my example brown bag speech for English 10, I make an analogy between my family and a baseball. A baseball, I explain, has a tightly wound string inside it, and just like that baseball, my family is "tight." We do things together and spend lots of time together. The other thing that happens with a baseball is that it can be treated violently--thrown almost 100 miles per hour and then smashed with a bat almost 500 feet in the opposite direction--but despite the violent treamtmen, it stays together. Our family sticks together no matter what happens.
  • When my 9th graders read The Odyssey, they create analogies between the monsters in The Odyssey and things in their own life.