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“I Am” Metaphor Poems

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In the summer I read the blog of Sara Kiffe, with the lovely name of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Teaching Under the Big Sky).  On July 2, she wrote this post, “First Day I Am Poems.” Sara didn’t stop there. Check out Sara’s super summer posts for lessons on Fibonacci PoetryColor Poems and Saving Things Poetry.

I decided to try writing metaphors the first day of school too. I teach English to native Arabic speakers, and I had them only 45 minutes a day the first two days of school. After a mini lesson on metaphors and figurative language, each student wrote one metaphor using one of their senses, a metaphor about themselves. Most of them were able to understand and created their own metaphors.

We hung their first metaphors on a bulletin board in the hallway.

We are learners!

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The next day they wrote a whole poem about themselves using metaphors of all kinds. The images were so sweet and some were just beautiful.

I don’t know much about the Arabic language, but from what others tell me and what I’ve experienced, it is rich in figurative language. In previous years, I’ve noticed my students have always been good at similes and metaphors, and they use them spontaneously in their writing and speaking.

Thanks, Sara, for the inspiration.

First day of school metaphor slides
Student Samples
Templates – Students chose from these to help scaffold their writing

Author: Denise Krebs

I'm the chief learner in life's adventure.

2 Comments

  1. Denise, I loved reading this. Your students work turned out so beautifully! I’m so glad other teachers, and lovers of the written word found this lesson helpful! I love how you displayed their metaphors on the bulletin board with Post-it notes. Great idea!!

  2. Sara, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I’ll have to take a photo of the bulletin board in my class that sports their typed up and illustrated metaphor poems! They are so proud of them.

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