Explain that this activity will foster creative thinking by asking students to make connections between things they don't usually think of as connected. Review or explain the meaning of simile: a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared.
1. Ask the students to name the following:
- three machines or appliances (e.g., television, car, computer)
- two things found in nature (e.g., birds, rock)
- one activity people like to do that ends in ing (e.g., swimming)
2. Record their responses on chart paper.
3. Beginning with the first machine, ask "Anger is like a _____________ because ______________."
4. After receiving several responses from students for the first machine, go on to the second, and so on.
- What are we saying about anger?
- Have you ever had an experience when your anger was like... (select an appliance, something in nature, etc.)?
- Were you satisfied or dissatisfied with your response? Why?
- What are some suggestions for reducing anger?
In pairs, have students create a one-stanza short poem that incorporates similes from the previous activity. For example, using the simile "Anger is like a washing machine," the poem should build on why anger is like a washing machine.
Have pairs share their poems.
Ask the class, What is something you learned from today's lesson?