This is a good “get to know you” activity for the start of the year or a review of the major forms of figurative language – metaphors and similes or even a way to teach students how to elaborate without just listing. The students get a chance to let you know how they feel about their lives and express themselves.
The lesson here focuses on the use of description in its pure form and then adding the figurative language to expand on the description. Students often think that description has to be one or the other, so when they are asked to “expand” or “elaborate” on a description, all that happens is a list of more details. This activity can help students see that there are more creative possibilities. It is also a chance to discuss how much impact these choices have on the reader.
This lesson can be used with a reading or writing assignment to notice how the figurative language can change tone or meaning. So I list it as addressing Common Core Standards ELA - IR 4-5 and W 4-5
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