Poems are like Puppies
Master metaphors and become a poetry pro.
Four Box Senectics
Examples of Synectic Thinking
Step Two - As a class, brainstorm four items related to weather. Possible answers: lightning, rain, sunshine, clouds, snow, seasons, etc.
Alternative Step Two - Call out a different category four times and have groups pick their own individual answers for each box.
Step Three - For each box, have students complete the following statement: "Poetry is like __________ because __________."
Step Four - Groups will pick their favorite two and share with the class.
Step Five - Individual practice. Now that they've learned a bit about poetry and the use of simile/metaphor from the four square method, the teacher will repeat step two, then have students pick one of their responses to relate to life and compose their own short poem.