Simile / Metaphor Idea

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  1. GrammarNewbie

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    Hi All! I am starting a unit on figurative language. I am being observed by my principal next week and I want to do something fun with similies and metaphors. Any ideas?
     
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    Similes and metaphors... hm... What grade(s)?
     
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    Throw some idioms in there with the similes and metaphors. Most idioms are metaphors, anyway.

    How old are your students? Figurative language is one of my favorite units, and there are many other kinds besides the simile and metaphor.
     
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    Similie / Metaphor

    Ooops! I forgot to mention this is for 6th grade. I am also going to cover alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia (sp?), etc. Because I am being observed, I wanted some suggestions. Someone had mentioned using a song and having the students listen for metaphors / similies. Any other suggestions / ideas?
     
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    I like to have my seventh graders write "extended metaphors" and then turn them into poems. It's kind of hard to explain, but you start out writing a metaphor, such as "laundry is prison". Then you list words that come to mind when you think of prison (parole, cell, cement blocks, rec time, etc.). Then you would write a poem about laundry using those words you thought of to describe prison.
    I have a better explanation at school. PM me if you want more information.
     
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    Fog comes on little cat feet ........
     
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    Exactly...that poem is an extended metaphor!

    I forgot to mention that I have my kids work through this whole process with me. After they've written and revised their poems, they decorate the page and we display them in the classroom for a while and then they go into a class book. The whole thing takes 1 LA session; for me that's two 40 minute periods.
     
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    poem scramble

    I am also in the middle of a figurative language unit (7th grade). We will be going over similes and metaphors on Wednesday. I am planning on using poems from Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle… by Stephen Dunning. I am going to post them around the room, and the students must find the similes and metaphors in the poems. Hope this idea helps!
     
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    With 5th grade, I distributed poetry books and asked them to find examples of figurative language, specifically, similes and metaphors. They loved recognizing them.

    Here's an extended metaphor:

    Snowflakes

    The first few were shy,
    just hints of a grin
    Their fragile frames danced
    lithely about
    Then, becoming more brave,
    they burst into laughter,
    pealing from hill to hill.
     
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    That sounds like a great idea! Can I PM you, too?:angel:

    --MSB

     
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    yup. feel free!
     

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