Using Metaphors to Express Thoughts
This is a warm-up activity and it could also be a fun introductory activity. It can be used in the literature classes, or any classes involving readings where the teacher would like the students to offer an affective response to the reading. It is mostly used at the beginning of each class especially when instructors start presenting a new text for the first time whether or not this text is a short story, a poem, or an article. The main purpose of this activity is to attract learners to the new text and to show to what extent they prepared themselves to discuss this text in the class.
Informally expressing thoughts and feelings can establish a good start for understanding and analysing the text from different perspectives, and accordingly, it shows the learners’ responses. It is also useful for enhancing the skills for constructing coherent creative views through working in groups.
Students should read the new text before class, to get a general idea and to construct a specific feeling towards its ideas, and its style’s characteristics as well.
In each class, the teachers may change the type of metaphor. They may ask students to use other things unlike the foods and drinks to suit different class discussions and to attract their learners to express effectively their feelings toward any kind of content they are required to study.
Video conferencing software, for example, Zoom, chat and breakout rooms options, and Google docs.
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