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Prompt #1 March 9

Filed under: Reading Prompts — coradacosta at 4:57 pm on Friday, March 9, 2012
The author uses several similes to explain the functions of a different part of a cell.
What is a simile and what do the similes that the author chooses suggest about biology in general?

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  1.    Kalyn Epps — March 16, 2012 @ 2:39 am   Reply

    Simile is a comparison using “like” or “as”. The similes the author chooses reflects how complex biology is. It also suggests that it affects our everyday lives whether we know it or not.

  2.    Period 4 - 53801 — March 18, 2012 @ 11:32 pm   Reply

    A simile is a comparison using like or as. Many similes were used in this chapter. Some examples are when the cell is described like a fried egg, with the cytoplasm and the yolk as the nucleus. Also, the cytoplasm is described as a New York City buzzing. Lastly, the cells are described as factories pumping out sugars, fats, proteins, and energy. These help us further understand the function of the organism that is being described. Similes also help describe what is going on in a different way, or at a different viewpoint to understand it better.

  3.    Ashley McDaniel — March 18, 2012 @ 11:46 pm   Reply

    A simile is making a comparison using like or as. The similes that the author chooses in the story is representing how biology can be compared to everyday things and how biology works. When it compares a cell to a fried egg it suggest biology is complex yet simple.

  4.    Jake Dees — March 20, 2012 @ 3:54 am   Reply

    A simile is a comparison of two unalike things using like or as. The ways that the author uses similes in the book shows how she feels about biology. Her thoughts of biology are that it has a lot going on in it, but it is mostly just doing a simple task. An example is of a cell being like a factory. They both have a lot going on inside of them, but the outcome of them both is one task. The factory is making product (manufactured goods), and the cell is too (proteins, energy, etc.).

  5.    period 4 - 51227 — March 20, 2012 @ 3:54 am   Reply

    Similes compare two similar things using like or as. The simile the author uses, “a cell looks a lot like a fried egg” suggests that biology is complex, but can be made more simple. This simile helps the reader to understand cells more easily.

  6.    51607 — March 22, 2012 @ 3:09 am   Reply

    Some similes are like when the cell is described like a fried egg, cytoplasm is described as a NYC buzzing, and cells are like factories pumping out sugars, fats, proteins, and energy.

  7.    5th period -51638 — March 22, 2012 @ 4:03 am   Reply

    A simile is a comparison using like or as. The similes show the biology is relatable to all aspects of life. They show us that biology affects us in many aspects of our lives.

  8.    67032 — March 23, 2012 @ 4:27 am   Reply

    A simile is a comparison using like or as. In this chapter the author shows the reader that, even though science maybe difficult, the use of similes make it easier to understand.

  9.    82732 period 6 — March 28, 2012 @ 12:46 am   Reply

    The author uses the simile that cells can be represented by a fried egg refferring to its nucleus and cytoplasm. The author uses these similes to strengthen the readers imagination of the scientific terms they might not be so familiar with.

  10.    51336 Period 7 — March 28, 2012 @ 3:39 am   Reply

    A similie is a comparison of two things that uses “like” or “as”. The similies in the books help Biology seem much easier to understand, and not so complex and scientific.

  11.    51336 Period 7 — March 28, 2012 @ 3:40 am   Reply

    A similie is a comparison of two things that uses “like” or “as”. The similies in the books help Biology seem much easier to understand, and not so complex and scientific. This makes it much easier to connect with the reader in the story.

  12.    Zack Shackelford — April 10, 2012 @ 9:30 pm   Reply

    A simile is the reference of one object to another using like or as. His simile’s suggest that biology applies to al parts of life.

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