Do your budding writers describe the style of the authors under study as “good” or “pretty good” or “I like how he or she describes stuff”? Then it’s time for a change. Learners collaborate and arrange their studied authors along a line that ranges their styles from ornate to plain. They also categorize a method of comparison that will allow them to describe an author's writing style through length of sentence, vocabulary, figures of speech, frequency, types of allusions, and syntax. Finally, they are given a list of metaphors to choose from that helps them describe the style of their chosen author. Supplemental information and assessment criteria are available.