Writing Lesson of the Month Network

...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!

Here's a special posting page for teachers who have subscribed to our "Common Core-Friendly Vocabulary & Writing Lessons," which you can read about online at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab

Here's an open invitation to teachers using my Vocabulary Collecting resources to photograph and share your students' best "Vocabulary Symbolic Representations/Metaphors."

As I explain to my wonderful students, a thoughtful Vocabulary Symbol/Metaphor creates an association for the word with something else in the world, then explains that association using two detail-filled sentences (minimum).

If you have an awesome student-submitted "Vocabulary Symbol/Metaphor," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of Vocabulary-inspired Symbols/Metaphors from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

If you don't see the "Reply to This" box below this posting, be sure you have clicked on the "+Join Vocabulary Collectors" link in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  

I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their symbols and metaphors characters.  Please don't post last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety.  THANKS in advance.

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6th grader Aidan (one of my Vocabulary Collectors of the Week) came up with a great metaphor/symbol for the word "dubious," that he found in a non-fiction article about Tsar Nicholas we read in preparation for reading Animal Farm.

Here, seventh grader--Shealyn--created a metaphor/symbol for the word grisly, which she found in our class novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

I think Shealyn (7th grade) ran out of room to write the -ing on the last word of the definition, but I forgave her when she explained her thinking for her choice of metaphor/symbol.  

Hannah (6th grade) did a great job thinking about a metaphor (sharing a root with her vocab word too) that fit the meaning of the word here.

8th grader Matt created this symbolic representation for the word devise, which he found in A Farewell to Arms.

He put a lot of thought into his explanation, so I am including this as an example of an exemplary symbolic representation.

Thanks, Matt

Seventh grader Lexxie chose a great symbol for the word she found in The Pearl.

Her explanation is succinct but shows she completely understands how to use the word in a different context.

Thanks, Lexxie.

from my 6th grader Kelly from the Ferryway School in Malden, MA

Christina Terranova

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