Struggling to get students to think outside the box with similes, metaphors, and figurative language? This may help you out!
Synesthesia is real neurological condition where one experiences the stimulation of a sensory pathway, but this triggers a response from another sensory pathway. i.e. Someone hears rock music and immediately sees the color purple.
This activity will challenge your students to think outside the box, connecting sensory questions to seemingly unrelated responses. It is uncomfortable to explain the sound a budding flower would make, as first,but the more students work through this sheet the more creative they become.
I use this in my creative writing classes when I am teaching the five senses and figurative language. I start the period by handing out this sheet and explaining what Synesthesia is. Then we work together on the first few questions so students become comfortable with this foreign process. I then ask students to work through the rest of the sheet on their own, this takes 20-30 minutes. Before the period is over I am sure to have students share out their top three answers in small groups, then they can elect to share their creativity with the class.
The next day I follow up with a writing activity requiring students to use their favorite simile/metaphor from the sheet. They can build a story around it, or I give them a prompt and require a specific number of similes, metaphors, and senses.
This activity is a great way to spend a period getting WAY outside the box with creativity. It is also a great way to start a semester, encouraging students to share their writing with the class and building a bond necessary for a creative classroom.