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Take a close look at a specific passage in The Call of the Wild about the song of the huskies and discuss how this passage is related to metaphor and theme. Stay on the topic of metaphor and symbolism with a brief writing assignment. The lesson includes prompts for both the discussion and the writing assignment, as well as a homework assignment to keep your class moving along with the novel. Find the referenced handout in the materials tab.
Learners investigate the role of mathematics in their everyday lives. They discover, through reading a Times article and through analyzing a specific example of art, that mathematics exists on a deeper 'metaphoric' level in art.
High schoolers define and identify examples of metaphors. They read and analyze the metaphors used in poetry by Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others. Students create their own metaphors and apply this tool to their own writing projects.
There are many ways to teach metaphors — all are gold to our young learners.
Fifth graders complete a worksheet.  In this figurative language lesson, 5th graders review the definition of metaphors and provide examples.  Students learn about similes and the use of figurative language.  Students read a poem and identify the metaphors and similes present.
The use of metaphors really paints a picture in the reader's mind. Get your class using metaphors in their writing by studying them first. This worksheet has four simple metaphors, and the reader must identify which two things are being compared. 
Build the basis for critical thinking by increasing mastery of metaphors, similes, and analogies. Clear up the confusion that often marks lessons on figurative langauge. A very insightful article, full of great links. 
Help your young writers decipher the literal meanings of metaphors. After reading several metaphors, learners write the real meanings that the phrases are describing. Use this resource in a figurative language lesson, or when preparing for a poetry unit. An answer key is available for teacher use 
In this metaphor--parts of the body worksheet, learners participate in describing parts of the body by utilizing metaphor phrases for a stronger description of key terms.
As inspiration for their metaphor-rich poem, pupils list all the sound effects found in the Garage Band program. They choose a sound-driven topic, write a Descriptive Metaphor Poem, edit, record, and post it as a podcast. What a great way to integrate useful technology and basic creative writing skills!
Learners discuss different literary devices and use them to write summaries of New York Times articles dealing with international news. They reflect on the effectiveness and appropriateness of sports metaphors in the political arena.
Students recognize metaphors and similes in the work of Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, and Naomi Shihab Nye. In this figurative language lesson plan, students define and identify examples of metaphors in the poetry of Hughes, Nye, and Atwood. Students create their own metaphors and complete related worksheets.
Learners rewrite seven sentences using a metaphor to express the concept presented literally in the originals. One example is provided. What I like here is that the sentences presented fuel thinking about comparisons to support kids' understanding that metaphors communicate and highlight specific qualities.
Students engage in a lesson about metaphor and simile while using them in different contexts. They are asked to share some samples that are designed by them to other members of the class. Students practice writing them with the help of the teacher.
“Mom said I was a sheepdog…” After reading a brief definition of metaphor, readers are directed to underline all the examples of this type of figurative language found in a short passage about getting a haircut. An answer sheet is included.
Now that your class has read all of Esperanza Rising, take the time to tackle big metaphors and themes. Pupils will participate in an activity called Chalk Talk, in which they circulate around the room in small groups and add comments to charts that are labeled with five metaphors in the novel. Conduct a whole-class discussion on this activity, leaving some time to perform the two-voice poems that were written previously. Part of a well-sequenced series, the lesson will help wrap up the novel and big ideas.
Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young writers emulate Tan's language by writing a simile or metaphor for something from nature, an emotion, and the description of someone they know. After reading the next two chapters for homework, have your class discuss the image of a ghost as it relates to the story.
After studying metaphors in written text, transfer your learners' knowledge to song! Have each learner bring in a song that uses metaphors and/or similes, and play these examples for the class. Can the other learners identify the metaphors/ similes in each song? Consider only playing a 30-second clip of each song so that all models can be included.
It only takes 90 seconds for this student to explain the differences between a simile and a metaphor. He gives examples of different phrases, along with helpful definition.
Students examine a series of poems containing metaphors and with each poem, the lesson progresses in difficulty addressing all skill levels. How metaphors are used in literature and what makes it an effective tool is explored in this lesson.

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