Lesson Plan

Marvelous Metaphors

Help your students become shining stars with this lesson about metaphors. Your class will hone art skills and practice comparison using figurative language.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and explain the meaning of metaphors.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Metaphors in PoetryMake an Animal Metaphor
  • To begin the lesson, gather students together and read the poem Fog by Carl Sandburg, found on the Metaphors in Poetry worksheet.
  • As you read, ask your students to close their eyes and visualize the author's words. * Once you finish, prompt your class to share what they visualized. Great questions include: What images did the author's words invoke for you? What specific words drove this visualization? Which animal is being compared to fog here?
  • Tell your class that they'll be learning about a type of figurative language device called a metaphor. Explain that figurative language refers to words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation.