Analyzing literature doesn’t have to be dry and disconnected from students’ lives. Instead, show your class the awesomeness that great writers tuck into their works and help them use symbolism to make connections from the text to their own lives.
In this visually vibrant presentation, you’ll use a
Use William Shakespeare’s famous “All the World’s a Stage” monologue from As You Like It as a stand-alone lesson on extended metaphor. This 45-minute lesson begins with a close reading of the poem on a handout designed with wide margins for students to record their mental interactions with the text.
This activity is a huge hit my classroom! It uses Katy Perry's "Firework" and Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" to help students understand and practice identifying extended metaphor.
This activity includes lyric pages for both songs (for marking the text), a copy of Robert Frost's "The Road Not T
This activity is a huge hit my classroom! It uses Tom Cochran's "Life Is A Highway" and David Guetta's (feat.Sia) "Titanium" to help students understand and practice identifying extended metaphor.
This activity includes lyric pages for both songs (for marking the text),and a modified TPCASTT templa
This 1-2 hour lesson uses Richard Brautigan's short story "I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone" to teach extended metaphor and figurative language to high school aged students. The story is available for free on the web, as well as video of a dramatic reading of the story on YouTube (links are i
This group artistic and analytical project can be completed at the end of reading Charles Dickens's novel "A Tale of Two Cities".
Essentially, students will demonstrate their awareness of character types and purposes in the novel by showing the way the characters would function within a different
Students LOVE when they finally figure out the metaphor in this activity! It's great seeing that light bulb go off! Use this activity with small groups or an an individual assignment.
This activity is a worksheet that helps reinforce the ideas of meter, rhyme scheme, symbolism, extended metaphor,
This PowerPoint Presentation will take you through the steps of teaching students how to recognize extended metaphors in poetry and text and analyze what the author is saying by comparing two things throughout.
This is a six-page product that gives students various ways to access (and then create) Extended Metaphors (and Similes).
It starts with a quick and easy, one-page worksheet to kickstart students in their creative writing. There are seventeen metaphor stems which students have to fill out (e.g.,
This is a 1-page overview explaining the purpose of an extended metaphor, providing multiple examples of the technique, tips for their creation, and requirements of the assignment itself. Please check out my other materials for grammar and mechanics, literary units, and writing instruction.
This poem by Carl Sandburg is excellent to use when studying extended metaphors. This close reading lesson asks students for their first impressions before going back and closely reading the poem to respond to focus questions. The file contains:
- Board pages for extended metaphor lessons
This lesson starts with a brief introduction/review of the concepts of symbolism, metaphor and extended metaphor. In my class I reference 'The Veldt,' but this component of the lesson could easily be changed to reference any short story you've covered in your room.
From there, I present the notion
This is a creative writing assignment that asks students to think outside of the box. They will be writing a letter to an important person in their lives using one extended metaphor throughout the entire piece. A fun activity to use around Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. This produ
1) The PDF of the poem Thumbprint by Eve Merriam. This poem is an extended metaphor poem, it is 1 stanza long, but 20 lines. It is comparing the poet's fingerprint to the uniqueness of her life and the how her own unique qualities are what him/her have a special impact on the world.
My school has a focus on teaching students tech skills in addition to the traditional curriculum. This lesson is usually used as a review of metaphors in my 9th grade ELA class, and an intro to our Cyber Security unit.
I have been teaching this lesson for the past two years, and have had nothing bu
This is a package deal: two contemporary poems by Stevie Smith focusing on powerful use of extended metaphor and thoughtful stanza breaks in contemporary poetry. This two-for-one activity set packs quite a punch, in allowing students a new perspective on creative writing along with formal grammar pr
Common Core: Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text, Strand 4 - Figurative Language
Students need to be able to break down extended metaphors in a piece of text, and this is a fun, interactive way of students doing that! Also, you will have a record of the activity so you can go back an
This is an assignment designed to gauge student understanding of extended metaphor. I added a twist to the assignment in that students must evaluate their own writing by choosing how much the grade is worth. I have gotten fabulous pieces from this assignment with many ending up in literary magazin
In this document, you will find Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” with an analysis guide and detailed key plus examples of extended metaphors. Also, you will find step-by-step directions for your students to create their own “advice” poem using “Mother to Son” as their model—mentor text. So that
This assignment walks students through defining an extended metaphor, and practicing identifying them in 6 popular songs. (You can play clips of the songs for the kids on YouTube, but I found most of my students were familiar with at least a few of the songs.) Then they read and annotate the poem
This is a project that I have used as an introduction to extended metaphor. It is an easy metaphor to grasp, but allows them to explore the different types of figurative language that goes into poetry.
Scaffolded, Common Core aligned handout guiding students in writing Extended Metaphors. These can be given as gifts for the holiday season-- I had my students print them out on colored paper and wrap them up :)
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This is a third lesson (#3 of 3 that I have posted) to Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" which challenges students to analyze how Whitman uses the literary technique/writing strategy of extended metaphor in order to convey the central ideas in the poem.
This text is a CCLS
This bundle includes a two pages of questions on the story and a key. You can find the text of the story here: http://sharlastatham.weebly.com/uploads/1/6/5/9/16591428/saturday_climbing_by_wd_valgardson.pdf
After reading the story and answering the questions, ask students to suggest another activi
I am offering this as a free item because I just wanted to share the little inspirational lesson, “The Pencil”, which I think is perfect for kids, and also I wanted to share the work of this amazing artist. It seems there are many who do these pencil carvings but I know Mr. Ghetti does not sell his
This is an outline for a series of lessons using Star Trek: The Original Series S1:E26, "The Devil in the Dark" to teach or review the concepts of characterization and extended metaphor.
This is particularly appropriate for a literature course or curriculum that includes visual texts as part of the
Please note that the preview is only a short clip of the actual passage from the product. It extends beyond what I have given. This is a short introduction to an extended metaphor. I also use it to review symbols. Typically I select a student to do a dramatic interpretation of the passage (you know,
Enjoy this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FOUR FULL WEEKS OF LESSONS covering John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a class set of novels and you’re good to go.
This Of Mice and Men bundle includ
Welcome to Lit. Term Tuesday – an easy way to start your class each Tuesday (or whatever day you want) with a high-interest bell-ringer lecture featuring classic literary devices paired with modern, pop-culture examples with which your students are certain to identify. (These literary device lecture
Why do we often submit our students to long, dull, (dare I say, torturous) poetry units that they hate? Why not make poetry as fun and exciting as it has the potential to be?
This unit does just that! Inside this .zip file you will find 13 lessons, each with everything you need (from PowerPoint Pre
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES, ASSIGNMENTS, & TASK CARDS: Figurative language can be a tricky topic for many students. This resource makes learning these devices easy, fun, and engaging!
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Poetry, Poetry Unit
This Poetry Guide Practical Poetry: A Guide to Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8 focuses specifically on teaching the Common Core standards in English Language Arts through the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8. Includes author b
Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives.
In the film Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams famously delivers portions of Walt Whitman’s beloved “O Captain! My Captain!” poem. This funeral dirge serves as a compelling extended metaphor for the assassination of President A
Do you want to change your students’ attitudes and teach them those elusive social emotional skills that are so necessary for success in school and outside the classroom?
Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, the growth mindset is more than just a belief in effort.
No lectures, no power poin
This teaching unit contains activities, handouts, and tests for Maniac Magee. You will not find generic lesson plans here. These activities are standards driven and fun! No prep is needed from you. Each and every lesson is ready to print and teach. Answer keys are included! These lessons will w
Sonnets Lesson Plan: Students can stomp it, shout it, and get the beat while grappling with the challenge of iambic pentameter in Sonnets: Critique & Create. This set of lessons, guides, and handouts provides detailed instructions for the analysis and writing of a Shakespearean sonnet. Students
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the winner of the 2015 Newberry Medal. It is a story told in free verse and hip-hop verse. It tells the beautiful story of Josh Bell's closeknit family and a tragedy through the context of basektball. It will definitely engage your students. I love, love, love
Teach students to use metaphor effectively in their writing--and let them have a little fun too!
I created these challenges when I realized that my students -- who could parrot back the definition of a metaphor, and even identify ones in their texts -- could not easily create their own. The challen
Middle school teachers, I feel your pain. Teaching energetic students with short attention spans is no easy feat, but this engaging multimedia unit makes teaching a whole lot easier.
Students learn poetry concepts through hip-hop, commercials, television shows, movies, and other pop culture medi
Complete unit for teaching "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Aligned with the Common Core Text Exemplars in Poetry for Grades 6-8, but can be used up to grade 10. A total of 24 pages including answer key.
Activity pack includes:
•Historical Context and Biography on author Robert Frost accompa
Want to help your students critically analyze and evaluate speeches and/or commercials? Ready to teach what makes a speech “sound good”, or why some arguments flop?
This dense flipbook of nine mini-lessons will elicit stronger analytical skills from your writers to get visible growth, AND they get
This is a teaching unit to accompany Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel Bud, Not Buddy. Included you will find ready-made, Common Core aligned handouts to help you cover many Common Core standards. Students will examine elements such as point of view, imagery, irony, and theme. With these handouts, s