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Metaphors Lesson Yr 9

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Transcript of Metaphors Lesson Yr 9

The problem that Christopher has with metaphors:


The problem that Christopher has with metaphors is that he tries to understand their
literal
meaning, and this confuses him. When we hear someone say ‘I laughed my socks off’, we know that what that person is trying to say that they laughed a lot-not that they actually made their socks come off by laughing!

Christopher does not seem to understand this because he takes everything
literally
.

Chapter 31
Questions to answer:

1. Why do you think Father was so angry at the police station?

2. How does Christopher make the situation worse in the police interview?

3. What do you notice about the last paragraph of the chapter? Why do you think the author has written it this way?
Metaphors
Christopher does not like metaphors because he finds them confusing. He thinks that the word metaphor:

“should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards. And when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me because imagining an apple in someone’s eye doesn’t have anything to do with liking someone a lot and it makes you forget what the person was talking about”.

Read chapter 29
Translate these metaphors in your own language:

I laughed my socks off.
He was the apple of her eye.
They had a skeleton in the cupboard.
We had a real pig of a day.
The dog was stone dead.
In groups of three
Choose a common metaphor that you know. If you really can’t think of one, then use one of the following:

Don’t be such an airhead!
I’m dying to meet her!
The guy is a rock!
His words had a little bite to them.
A heart of gold.
Kicked the bucket. (Means someone has died)


When you have chosen one, think of how you could act it out in its literal meaning (the way that Christopher understands metaphors). You must do this in your seats! The other members of the class will try and guess what the metaphor is. Remember, try and use your own examples of metaphor!
You have 5 minutes!
Metaphors in The Curious Incident
Learning Objective: To revise metaphors and put them into practice

Starter: Change the similes on your slips of paper into metaphors
Literal = the strict meaning of words
A
of a day.
in the
simile = using 'like' or 'as'
metaphor = saying something actually IS something else
Monday 3rd November 2014
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