Reflection: Intervention and Extension Extended Metaphor Essay, Day One - Section 2: Build a Metaphor


This is the third year I've used this essay assignment but the first year I've used this particular activity to help students create a metaphor, and I'm thrilled with the results.

In the past, many students would sit for 10 to 20 minutes, stuck and staring at their outlines. They couldn't create a basic metaphor to start their outline. While I could (and did) help these students individually, it bothered me that so many lost productive time to confusion. I needed a better way to get students started.

Today's class was much different from past classes. All but 3 students had their metaphors recorded on their outlines and were working on evidence and details within 5 minutes of starting. While they tweaked their original metaphors slightly (often dropping the color as unnecessary to the essay), they had a starting point, and it showed.

This new activity helped scaffold students' understanding of the activity and was a productive change to my lesson plans.

  Intervention and Extension: Scaffolding
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Extended Metaphor Essay, Day One

Unit 9: Expository Writing
Lesson 7 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to write exposition by creating an extended metaphor essay.

Big Idea: Creativity and logic collide--an extended metaphor essay.

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