Sequence of activities:
Discussion: We are going to be using metaphors to describe ourselves, life, or family. A metaphor is when we use an object to represent something else.
Step 1: Decide if you want to write about yourself, your family, or your life
Step 2: Students will ask themselves, “What can I compare my chosen topic to?” Make sure what you choose is not too vague. Now, begin to form a list of objects. For example:
1. A rollercoaster
2. A house
3. A swing
4. A tree
Step 3: Students pick an anchor word. This is the word on the list they are called to the most. Students will build poem around the anchor word. For example: “My family is a Tree.”
Step 4: Create further extensions on the lines to follow to form a poem. For example:
First extension: My Family is an old tree with many branches and deep roots.
Second extension: Our branches rarely connect with one another, but we drink from the same history, the same sap runs through all of us.
To make the next extension I will have to think, “In what other ways is my family like a tree?”
Use all your senses to think about each extension.
Step 5: Re-read each extension out loud. Rewrite things that do not flow with your metaphor.
Step 6: Share with your family, friends, or a favorite adult.