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Break this presentation into two or three days so as not to overwhelm your kids. Fifty-four slides is a lot of slides, but the PowerShow is well-organized, and terms are defined clearly and illustrated in examples provided. A general overview of poetry, different poetic forms, and figurative language in poetry are all included.
I am an artichoke. Beneath the layers of my prickly exterior lies a rich and gentle heart. “Hairs,” from Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, provides the text for a study of simile and metaphor. Class members develop a definition of these literary devices, locate, and label examples from Cisneros’ story. They then craft a simile and metaphor to describe themselves and share these memorable sentences with the class. Finally, they choose one metaphor to extend.
Reward your class with tasty treats while teaching them about simile and metaphor. After a teacher demo and explanation of simile and metaphor, pupils read books, looking for examples of these literary devices and copying them down. Combining simile, metaphor, and candy, the teacher hands out Life Savers to the class and they describe the Life Savers using a simile and a metaphor.
Scholars demonstrate the ability to evaluate authors' use of literary elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, and onomatopoeia. They are provided with a checklist and must shop for poems that contain the poetry terms on their list. Poems can be posted around the room or in hallways. Learners are assessed on their accuracy in finding the literary terms on the checklist.