TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike
LESSON PLAN FOR TEACHING 6TH GRADE FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
Intro: 6th Grade/ Figurative Language: How do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? Explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life.
For now, watch this clip and take a peek at some sample questions in the lesson:
The speaker says that a metaphor is almost never factually true, but still can be “right” or not. Her example is that “We know what it feels like to be a square wheel but not what it feels like to be a tired whale.” What do you think it means to say “I feel like a square wheel”? Can you describe that feeling in ordinary language, without using any images?
The speaker (a poet, you won’t be surprised to hear) says poems are good places to find metaphors, and that when you read a poem about a cricket singing from a branch in the middle of a river, you will recognize that that image says something larger about our human lives and how we live them. That might seem a lot to put into a cricket. Do you think that a description of a cricket would be read the same way or mean the same thing if it had been in a science paper about crickets instead of a poem? Do we read things in different ways at different times, and can you say why a person might want to read a poem (or listen to the words of a song) at all?
You might like using metaphors when you write and talk because
A simile is
“An elephant in the room” is a way of saying
A metaphor is
Can you think of a day that you have never used even one metaphor to describe something in your life?
Would you rather live in a world where metaphors are NOT used? Why or Why not?
The speaker says that a metaphor is almost never factually true, but still can be “right” or not. Her example is that “We know what it feels like to be a square wheel but not what it feels like to be a tired whale.” What do you think it means to say “I feel like a square wheel”?
Can you describe that feeling in ordinary language, without using any images?
An example of an end of unit Assesment Project would be for the class to collaborate on making a “Metaphor Rap.”
Similar to what Mr. John Honish has done for his flipped classroom.
Published on Apr 17, 2013
Swagriculture Productions, Mr. Honish and Ms. Clarke, present a parody of the song “Thrift Shop” that teaches Figurative Language to the students at Turner Middle School.
You can subscribe to his YouTube channel to see more of his cool ideas! 🙂
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I am an Educator, Award Winning Christian Author, Freelance Writer & Blogger,Youth mentor, Bible Teacher, and TREK AWANA director. Teaching provides an opportunity for me to engage in continual learning and growth on many levels. I work for my students not only to master the course material but to give them the indispensable advantage of having a growth mindset. This mindset has been stripped from many of our students; yet this is the undisputed secret ingredient for their success in the world outside of my classroom. I strive to be a globally connected educator. With my #LatinoEd #Edublog I seek (as J. Updike says) "to unblock the traffic jam" in the minds of my students and peers. In this way, long after they have left my classroom and they encounter a world that will try (and many times succeed) in knocking them down and telling them they "can't," they will bounce right back up, and with an intrinsic confidence say, "Watch me. Watch me make a difference!" It is then I will feel that I too have made a difference.