Last week, I complained like a total wuss about teaching. It’s not like that usually. I have fun with my students on most days. I’ll prove it to you right now.
In my seventh grade English Literature Arts class the other day, I made the students write a 13 sentence mini story by using different types of sentences and figurative language. I’ll list the sentence types after the story for you teacher folk if you’re interested. First, here’s what I wrote while the kids were writing. I always do the activities because I like writing too. You gotta practice what you preach. Know what I’m saying! And to think, I almost threw this gem away without sharing it with the world.
THE QUEST FOR THE QDOBA BURRITO
I needed a burrito from Qdoba. I often talk out loud to myself so I declared, “I need a queso burrito mas rapido!” I can’t speak Spanish, but I know mas rapido means quickly. After I shouted my intentions in the middle of the seventh grade math class I have the first hour of the school day, I walked out the door. My math teacher chased after me, but I was too fast for his crusty old self because I slammed four Red Bulls for breakfast. The principal, the assistant principal and the secretary tried to stop me from leaving the school too. They couldn’t catch me as I sprinted out the front doors of school, that oppressive prison. Don’t question my Qdoba queso burrito obsession. I stole my math teacher’s mini van and drove as fast as Nascar driver into the city. I’m a beast on the prowl for delicious burritos. I can hear the burrito calling out to me, asking me to eat it. When I arrived in the city, I was madder than a honey badger in a snake pit. CRACK! I smashed my fist against the dashboard of the mini van. It was 7:45 in the morning and Qdoba was closed.
So here’s the sentence types and the figurative language I used, in order of appearance.
SIMPLE – One simple subject (noun) and a predicate.
COMPOUND – Two simple sentences connected by a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)
COMPLEX – A simple sentence with a dependent clause. The dependent clause has a subordinating conjunction in it. (After, Before, Because, If, Since…)
COMPOUND COMPLEX – A three part sentence with a coordinating conjunction and a subordinating conjunction.
TRIFECTA – A list of three things in a sentence. I made this one up, but it adds good rhythm in writing.
APPOSITIVE – Also know as a comma sandwich. Where you add an interrupt to further describe a noun. Example – Bob, my silly friend, ate paste.
SIMILE – A comparison of two things that are not alike using the words like or as.
METAPHOR – A comparison of two things that are not alike without using the words like or as.
PERSONIFICATION – Giving a non human thing human like qualities.
HYPERBOLE – Big time exaggeration.
ONOMATOPOEIA – Words that sound like the actual word. Examples – Moo, Boom.
Try this with your class, or just try if you want to have fun while writing. BAM! I’m out!