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Creative Thinking Lesson Plan Two Figurative Language

Dawn Leuning

Students look for examples of figurative language (similes, metaphors, and personification in !"ou#re a $ean %ne, $r& 'rinch&( )fter this is done students will *e divided into groups of three& The+ will *e given , minutes to come up with a wa+ to draw an example of figurative language from the *ook The Polar -xpress which the+ have *een doing activities with all week& Students take turns drawing their examples and the rest of the students guess what the figurative language from the *ook is and whether it is a simile, metaphor, or personification&

"ou#re a $ean %ne, $r& 'rinch You're a mean one Mr. Grinch! You really are a heel. You're as cuddly as a cactus. Youre as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel

Polar Express
Plain anguage !igurati"e anguage
#ype o$ !igurati"e anguage % &imile' Metaphor' or Personi$ication

( saw a train) *te candy on the train) +rank hot cocoa) #he train went $ast) #he train crossed the ice) ights were in the distance...

+raw,it You will be di"ided into six groups o$ -. You will be gi"en about . minutes to decide who draws what to express your example o$ $igurati"e language to more clearly express the plain language abo"e. #he rest o$ the class will guess what your group is trying to express by drawing. /#hese are examples taken $rom the book #he Polar Express.0
+raw,(t Groups 1randon *bbey +ylan &ean &haylee *shley 2ayden 1rock Gloria 3endy 4hase 2ason +enton Maci #yler 1en ily 4olby

&aw a train standing per$ectly still) *te candies with nougat centers as white as snow) +rank hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars) !aster and $aster we ran along' rolling o"er peaks and through "alleys like a car on a roller coaster) 3e crossed a barren desert o$ ice % #he Great Polar (ce 4ap) ights in the distance looked like the lights o$ a strange ocean liner sailing on a $ro5en sea)the 6orth Pole) *ll my &antas are as di$$erent as apples and oranges. My &antas are watching o"er all the 4hristmas $esti"ities. &aw a train standing per$ectly still) *te candies with nougat centers as white as snow) +rank hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars) !aster and $aster we ran along' rolling o"er peaks and through "alleys like a car on a roller coaster) 3e crossed a barren desert o$ ice % #he Great Polar (ce 4ap) ights in the distance looked like the lights o$ a strange ocean liner sailing on a $ro5en sea)the 6orth Pole)