Visible Thinking in Metaphors

I read about metaphorical graphic organizers in Kelly Gallagher’s thought provoking Deeper Reading.

We have finally come to the end of The Call of the Wild and before the students respond to the novel with group discussions and Teaching Channels’ interactive stations, I handed them a recipe template for Buck.

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The students looked up their favorite recipes including lasagne, souffle and muffins. It seems we have some serious bakers in our midst. They noted cooking terms such as whisk, knead, mix, add, beat etc.  They then referred to Buck’s attribute list: tenacious, survivor, confident, leader and defiant.  Finally,  the students listed Buck’s ingredients, wrote directions and put him in the oven.

I am in awe (no exaggeration) and so proud of my ELLs’ creativity:

3 cups of menacing environment

1 liter of love

a pinch of shyness

whisk like you’ve never whisked before

2 full cups of tenacity

1 cup of frugal

and I could go on.

My French speaking student ended his recipe with ‘la cerise sur le gateau’.

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This activity demonstrated how well they understood the choices and decisions Buck had to make in order to survive.

And they had fun!

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