In the Classroom: A Poem as Sweet as Sugar

Britt Kaufmann spent the day with 40 fourth grade students at Burnsville Elementary School studying simile and metaphor.  They boiled the two literary forms down to their essence like boiling the salt out of salt water.  The simplest meaning: simile and metaphor are two nouns being compared.  Students then created two-word poems, shared them with the class, and discussed their effect on everyone – how they either excited the imagination or seemed too obscure or similar.  They finished up the lesson by decorating and writing their words in fancy type like wrapping a present with a neat little a bow.


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