In Girl with a Pearl Earring's first chapter, the author has the main character describe people using interesting and inique metaphors that can be inspirational to student writers.
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Metaphors are everywhere, being used by both writers and average people to describe our world. Inspired by the first chapter of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, students will discover metaphors in their world and reading and create their own unique metaphorical descriptions for a collection they devote a page to in their writers notebooks or their journals. Once a collection of unique metaphors has been built in the writers notebook, teachers can challenge students to create a longer piece of writing (poem, narrative, reflection, etc.) that is inspired by one or several of their metaphors. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait is word choice;
in this study of metaphors, students will learn how to create rich descriptions with their words, inspired by specific nouns. The support trait is idea development;
students will explore how powerful writers use metaphor to enhance their writing, and how they can use it to become better writers.