Reminder: Definition of Metaphor • A metaphor is a writing strategy • In a metaphor, something represents something it would not usually represent • Metaphors DO NOT use the words “like” or “as.” Similes DO use those words.
Metaphor skills check • Which of these is a metaphor? (Please raise your hand when you know the answer, do not blurt it out.) • The goalkeeper was steady as a rock. • All the world’s a stage. • The phone rang as a dog barked outside. • It was as easy as taking candy from a baby.
A New Kind of Metaphor • We have been talking about metaphors at the sentence level. • Now we are going to look at metaphors at a story level. • Fictional objects or characters are used to represent real-life things. • These representations usually have a specific message or lesson to convey.
For Example… My brother is a busy beaver. Once upon a time, there was a beaver who had no home for the winter. He worked very, very hard to build a dam. That winter he was warm and cozy while other animals were outside in the cold.
Metaphors in The Three Little Pigs • House of sticks/straw • House of brick • Wolf • Overall message
Your Metaphor Mission • Fill out the heading on your worksheet with both partner’s names. • Write “Metaphors in [Your story]” as your title. • Read your story together. • Discuss the story with your group. • Take turns writing your answers on your worksheet. • You will turn in ONE worksheet for your group. • As a group: • Pick out three characters, objects or events in the story. • Identify what they could stand for (like we did for the Three Little Pigs) • Write down the message that they tell • Stack your group’s papers and put the pile at the front of your table. • Take out your copy of Briar Rose.