Extended Metaphor in Poetry Middle School

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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20 pages
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I used this with an eighth grade student for one on one tutoring, and it was really easy and meaningful for her learning.
This resource was really great. It's scaffolded to help students understand what an extended metaphor is, and builds up to a fun assignment that my students enjoyed. It was an easy low prep lesson.
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Extend your students' understanding of metaphors with this no-prep, print & go extended metaphor lesson. With ample examples of extended metaphors and a fun, creative activity, this will be a great addition to your poetry unit. With a fun and engaging Google Slides Presentation, middle school students will learn all about extended metaphors and will even be able to write their own with a creative writing assignment.

This lesson includes a class discussion of Maya Angelou's extended metaphor poem, "Caged Bird."

This lesson can be used in a traditional classroom setting OR as a distance learning activity!

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Lesson outline with step-by-step teacher instructions.
  • Link to Engaging Google Slides Presentation that will guide you and your students through the lesson and the activities.
  • Creative Writing Assignment
  • Grading Rubric for Creative Writing Assignment.
  • Instructions for accessing Google Slides Presentation
  • Instructions for saving Google Slides Presentation as a PowerPoint Presentation.

Lesson Outlined as Follows:

  • Extended Metaphor Introduction and Examples
  • Discussion on How an Extended Metaphor Affects Poetry
  • Introduce Creative Writing Assignment
  • Teacher Model/Example
  • Independent Practice Creative Writing Assignment

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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