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Welcome to this Lesson:

Unique Metaphor Collections

playing with word choice and idea development to build a page in students' Writers Notebooks

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant
Amie Newberry while attending an
AT&T-sponsored in-service class
for teachers.

The mentor text:

In Girl with a Pearl Earring's first chapter, the author has the main character describe people using interesting and inique metaphors that can be inspirational to student writers.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Metaphors are everywhere, being used by both writers and average people to describe our world. Inspired by the first chapter of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, students will discover metaphors in their world and reading and create their own unique metaphorical descriptions for a collection they devote a page to in their writers notebooks or their journals. Once a collection of unique metaphors has been built in the writers notebook, teachers can challenge students to create a longer piece of writing (poem, narrative, reflection, etc.) that is inspired by one or several of their metaphors. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait is word choice; in this study of metaphors, students will learn how to create rich descriptions with their words, inspired by specific nouns. The support trait is idea development ; students will explore how powerful writers use metaphor to enhance their writing, and how they can use it to become better writers.


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