Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Figurative Language

Duke Ellington is an excellent resource for teaching figurative language. Check out some examples:

...his piano playing wasn't always as breezy as his stride
...Duke's fingers rode the piano keys
...compositions smoother than a hairdo sleeked with pomade
...was spicier than a pot of jambalaya
... was a musical stream that swelled over the airwaves.
...curling his notes like a kite tail in the wind
...a symphony hall so grand even the seats wore velvet

You can also use it when teaching beginning, middle and end in writing.

Instead of beginning the story with something like ... Duke Ellington was born in Washington, D.C. in 1899 and played jazz, the author wrote:

  • You ever hear of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band? He was born in 1899, in Washington, D.C. Born Edward Kennedy Ellington.

She ended the story with:

  • Now you've heard of the jazz-playin' man. The man with the cats who could swing with his band. King of the Keys. Piano Prince. Edward Kennedy Ellington. The Duke.

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