A Metaphor Poem is a short poem that uses metaphors to better describe or express the imagery in the poem. These poems help students better understand metaphor and utilize it in their own writing. Additionally students will better understand metaphor in future reading and writing.
Metaphor Poetry is a great way to introduce or reinforce metaphor as a figure of speech.
- Students are given a simple definition, simple directions for the poem writing, and a modeled poem that helps students understand the assignment.
- Students write 3 short poems using metaphor in each poem.
- There are 3 easy to understand work areas for students to write their poems.
- Each Metaphor poem is 5 lines long. The first line is the subject, and the remaining 4 lines each consist of a different metaphor about the subject.
- The lesson is designed for one 50 minute class period, but is flexible enough from 30 minutes to 150 minutes depending on the structure of the class and the needs of the students.
This assignment is designed for classes with a diversity of ability or skill levels, and for students who typically need a lot of 1-on-1 help. Low level and advanced students alike have given me positive responses and high quality work.
- Lower level students are capable of doing the work and often produce wonderful poetry that they enjoyed writing.
- Very low level students can have the assignment modified by having them do only 1 poem, or by changing the length of some of the poems.
- Advanced students enjoy the challenge and will often agonize over each poem, trying to be incredibly profound or poignant.
- In the end nearly every student has at least a few lines that are well written and they can be proud of.
- Assignment is also ideal to give to students who finish early and need something to do.
- Ideal for differentiation in classrooms with a wide spectrum of ability levels.
My students are required to "Posterize" their favorite of the three poems and post them in the halls of the school.
- Students "posterize" by designing a small poster that displays the story in a complementary way.
- "Posterizing" lets students take ownership of their writing, instills pride in their work, and celebrates their work for everyone in the school to see.
- We encourage quality posterizing by having plenty of basic art supplies on hand.
- We also encourage them to make use of available technology to type, design, or print for their posters.
Metaphor Poetry is designed to work as a stand-alone assignment, or as part of the Poetry Party: Figurative Language package (coming soon to the NLL TPT store!)