I'm a 7th grade Language Arts teacher in Texas. I LOVE to read but find writing a challenge. This personal blog will be my journey into the writing world. One thing I'm learning is MY writing can be anything I want it to be. Don't come here expecting perfection.... Come here knowing that I'm learning, so it won't be perfect.... I'm okay with that...
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Teachers Write: Similes
***WARNING: This isn't perfect. It's learning in progress***
This quick-write was about comparisons, specifically similes. These are the first two instructions given by Liz Garton Scanlon, the guest author for this quick-write.
"1. Brainstorm a list of emotional or physical states (jealousy, joy, fear, hunger, anger, excitement, worry, confidence, sadness, etc.) Put each word on a little slip of paper and have everyone in the group pick one. (If it’s just you, give yourself a nice choice of words or, better yet, have someone write them for you.)
2. Now, brainstorm a list of both natural and manmade objects (pillow, rock, waterfall, TV, table, blender, forest fire, river, puddle, book, bar of soap, etc.) Put each word on a little slip of paper and have everyone in the group pick one."
Since I had just come back from California, I chose the two things that popped into my head as a read each instruction:
Relaxing and crashing waves
Next, I had to write the simile: Relaxation is like a crashing wave.
Here comes the tough part. I have to make this a TRUE statement!!
Relaxing Both Crashing Waves
Quiet usually Different stages Loud Can be movement Always movement
And there we are. Now, I need to explain it.
Relaxation is like a crashing wave. They both have different stages.
And that's all I've got. Everything else only seemed to make sense in my head. "They are peace-inducing." That doesn't even make sense here. But this was my thinking: waves come in seemingly slowly, then grow, and crash into the shore; relaxation begins deliberately. We sit down, then maybe pick up a book or a remote, then, if you're anything like me....you're asleep! Stages....