I ask students to apply our recent lessons to their writing today. While they write their rough drafts of their extended metaphor essay, a challenge in itself given its abstract nature (students must base an entire essay off a metaphor such as, "Love is a double-edged sword," examining how the statement is true) and a good step up in skill after their self-reflective essay, they should include new transitions from their and at least one dash.
Pulling off the extended metaphor essay is hard, and as you’ve learned by now, it’s best to go into essay writing with the mentality that you are the rule, not the exception. So stop trying to compare your life to a squashed kumquat you saw on the side of the road and find a different topic.
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Now that students have reviewed metaphors and created their own, we are ready to move into our next essay assignment. We read the Extended Metaphor Essay assignment together; students will examine all the ways a metaphor if their choice is true, choosing supportive reasons to help clarify the metaphor. Next, I share my example outline. After questions ("Can we use the metaphors we just made?" Absolutely--that's why we made them!), I pass out fresh outlines, and students get to work.