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Year 5 Spotted the Metaphor! Can You? July 2017

What's a metaphor?

A metaphor is used to paint a strong picture in the reader's mind by saying something IS something else, like 'Mrs Collins is a dragon!'

 

What am I saying about myself?

 

You have to think of what your character/thing may have in common with what you compare it to. So what might I have in common with a dragon? Just ask the children I teach!!

See the poem below? It was written by Langston Hughes. It is about the advice a mother gives to her son.

 

The metaphor that is used, tells us what kind of a life the mother has had, and she advises her son about his own life, especially how to be when things get tough and life feels difficult.

 

Some of my Year 5 writers (Ibtisaam and Thuishijanth 5H, Shania and Irsid 5S and Jathusan 5D) were asked to explain what sort of a life the mother had and which lines from the poem told us about her life. I also asked them to tell me what clues there were in the poem about her background and position in life.

 

Year 5 were really, really clever at finding the clues in the poem about the mother's life and were also brilliant at thinking about why the poet put them in, as well as discussing the effect on the reader.

 

What do you think the poet's message is?

 

 

Mother to Son

by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

 

  

 

Whenever you read poetry, think about WHAT message the poet is trying to send to the reader as well as HOW the poet has delivered it - strong words, alliteration, similes, or, like Langston Hughes, a metaphor.

 

Remember to keep writing and reading over the summer. If there is a piece of writing you would like me to put on the blog, either bring it to me in September, or send it to me at pbuhariwala@horsenden.ealing.sch.uk over the holidays.

 

Have a wonderful, happy summer everyone, and farewell to Year 6 - it has been a pleasure to teach you!

 Mrs. Collins.

 

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