*This lesson coincides with Chapter 2, “That’s not logical” from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech
Written by: Melissa Van Peursem & Mary Garey
Grade level range: 3-5
Time: 1-2 hours
Common Core Standards: RL.3.3 Students will be able [to create metaphors] to describe characters in a story, RL.4.3 Students will be able [to create metaphors] to describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story, RL.5.3 Students will be able [to create metaphors] to compare and contrast 2 or more characters in a story, settings or events in a story or drama, drawing on details and how characters interact
Step by Step Lesson Description:
Intro: shelsilverstein.com for video intro (approximately 1 – 2 minutes) OR Read a favorite poem from one of his poetry books
Give/elicit students examples of metaphors using a favorite storybook or fairytale character. Take character apart and give examples of non-literal comparisons. Ie. How is Cinderella like a suitcase (or other comparison)?
Elicit ideas and list on smart board or chart paper, discuss.
Have students select a character (or assign one) to compare using the same process.
Work in pairs/small groups to develop comparisons using a graphic organizer (10 minutes).
Draw an example of their character metaphorically.
Present to the class.
Assessment: Use the following rubric to assess metaphors.