Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject

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Plato compared our perception of reality to shadows on the wall of a cave. Darwin used diagrams of trees to help explain his theory of evolution. And Shakespeare, of course, sae the world as a stage.

Metaphors and analogies are more than figurative languages suitable only for English classes and standardized test questions. They are "power tools" that can electify learning in every subject and at all grade levels.

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"So far the most practical title I've seen on the topic, offering teachers simple steps for improving their instruction through the use of metaphors and analogies." - How to Teach a Novel blog

"Metaphors & Analogies provides an excellent starting point for understanding the promise and pitfalls of these important devices… In the spirit of its title, it truly is a buffet for the hungry mind." - Tech in the Middle blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571107589
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 585,968
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chapter 1 Events Create Ripples and Equations Are Balances: Metaphors in Every Subject 1

Chapter 2 Familiarity Breeds Content 9

Chapter 3 Archimedes' Metaphorical Legacy: The Right Tools for the Job 23

Chapter 4 Walking in Our Students' Shoes, and Sometimes Making the Shoes Ourselves 33

Chapter 5 Focusing the Lens on English Language Learners 49

Chapter 6 Metaphor in Motion: The Physics of Comprehension 61

Chapter 7 Seeing Is Believing: Developing Visual Metaphors 77

Chapter 8 The Incubation Stage: Hatching New Metaphors & Analogies 97

Chapter 9 Cleaning Out the Metaphorical carburetor: Teaching Students What to Do When Metaphors Break Down 119

Chapter 10 Listening for Harmony and Discordant Sounds: Transcending Current Education Metaphors 133


A Metaphorical Terms and Devices 147

B In the Classroom: Creative Examples of Metaphors from Teachers 151

Additional Resources 165

References 167

Index 171

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Reading this book was like reading the tag on a mattress...oops an analogy

    I have many of Mr.Wormeli's books and I admire him as a great leader in the field of literacy. HOWEVER, I truly would like to return this book to sender. If it was meant for classroom teacher and these teachers are this illiterate about metaphors and analogies in teaching, we are in deep trouble. I found very little useful information in the book except for maybe feeling good about how much I evidently know about this topic. Maybe I missed the purpose but I don't think it measures up to the author's capabilities.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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