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 included in the lesson plan). The story is very short, making this the perfect emergency sub plan, or just a good plan to have in your back pocket in case you suddenly have a spare hour.
Year after year my students really enjoy this lesson, and when they're finished with the writing assignment, they have a thoughtful story to share with a friend or family member, which is an added bonus.
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