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Get kids writing with figurative language! In this fun activity, students imagine their faces as pizza, galaxies, golf courses – or whatever. Then they write metaphors to compare each of their features to a related object. Kids weave metaphors into a descriptive narrative and use proven strategies to improve their writing. It’s a fun-filled addition to your lesson on similes and metaphors.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this activity is classroom tested and kid approved.
• Lesson plans
• Planning sheet
• Sample text for modeling
• Writing strategies checklist
• Themed stationery for writing and illustrating
Day 1 – Ask each student to choose an object to compare with his or her face. Have them brainstorm comparisons for each feature and the complete planning sheet.
Day 2 – Teach writing strategies using the sample text. Then ask them to write their own paragraphs using these strategies:
• Locate the hook and topic sentence.
• Find words that are specific to the topic.
• Notice how the writer put features in order by scanning the face from top to bottom.
• Look for transitions.
• Analyze sentence variety.
• Check out the ending.
Day 3 – Have students continue writing. Ask them to use the writing strategies checklist to revise and finalize their paragraphs.
Day 4 – Illustrate metaphorically. Use objects used to compare rather than actual features.
This resource is part of a two-week balanced ELA unit featuring fairy tales. Click here for free lesson plans.
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