This presentation is an introduction to Metaphor Poetry. The introductory slides focus on defining metaphors and similes. As the presentation continues, students are introduced to connotation and denotation, with on emphasis on how metaphor is concerned with connotations.
Since metaphors can be challenging for many middle grade students, the presentation moves into riddle poems and the student engagement really takes off. They are challenged to "think metaphorically" and answer short riddle poems like "Three eyes have I, all in a row, when the red one opens, all freeze" (a traffic light).
There are several examples for students to practice with, increasing with difficulty as the presentation comes to a close.
The final slide suggests that students will now be charged with choosing a topic and writing their own metaphor poems to reflect a non-literal description of their topic.
I created this presentation to coincide with a 7th grade, class-wide reading of "The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez," a middle grade novel by author Peter Johnson. The story of Benny Alvarez centers around a young boy and his classmates as they navigate the sometimes confusing waters of middle school and the failing health of grandparents and trusted pet-companions. In the story, the students participate in a poetry assignment based on Metaphor Poetry.
It's a great book to teach the importance of choosing just the right word and gets most students surprisingly excited about poetry - especially when combined with this presentation.