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Unique Metaphor Collections

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


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Metaphors make comparisons but without using like or as. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable (e.g. This is food for thought or she’s a night owl). Take the ideas generated from this graphic organizer and create personal metaphors to describe yourself. Show (don’t tell) your reader the details of who you are and use excellent word choices (metaphors) to explain who you are.

Today you'll be starting a new page for your writers notebook or your journal. This page will be a dedicated "store house" for unique metaphors you create not only today but also throughout the rest of our year together. Your page will have a special theme: unique and descriptive metaphors about yourself or persons, places, and things you come in contact with.

First, think of metaphors that are not unique, because they are overused. This list of words might help you think of metaphors you've heard of, perhaps lots of times: egg; puppy; dog; cat; potato; bird; pig; hog; rat; horse; wool; wolf; bull; beaver; frog; duck; fox; monkey; elephant; goose.

Now think about this list, seeing if you can make a unique comparison about yourself to one of these items: unusual animals; interesting foods; weather events; items from nature; unique objects in your room; interesting sounds; good or bad habits; favorite classes; unique objects in your home; unique cars or parts; current events; TV shows; fast food; interesting music; types of soda; types of books.

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If you're struggling to start, use these buttons to create a simple metaphor; then, add unique descriptive words to build even more unique ideas.


His/Her/My/Its     is/was  .



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