Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject (Paperback)

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Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject (Paperback)


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Metaphors and analogies are more than figurative language suitable only for English classes and standardized test questions. They are “power tools” that can electrify learning in every subject and at all grade levels.  Metaphors show students how to make connections between the concrete and the abstract, prior knowledge and unfamiliar concepts, and language and image.
To exploit these powers, however, teachers must learn how to use metaphors and analogies strategically and for specific purposes, helping students discover, create, and deconstruct effective comparisons. In this thoughtful and nuanced book, Rick Wormeli examines a wide range of powerful metaphors—from the rhetoric of political speeches to mathematical models to concrete spellings and body sculptures that symbolically portray abstractions.
Metaphors & Analogies is filled with provocative illustrations of metaphors in action and practical tips about using metaphors to improve assessment, professional development, and symbolic sensing. Imagine the possibilities. 

Rick Wormeli is a National Board Certified Teacher and a columnist for Middle Ground magazine. The winner of Disney's American Teacher Award for English in 1996, Rick is an internationally known speaker on middle-level education, innovation, and teacher professionalism.

Rick offers a wealth of experience having worked as a middle grades teacher, human growth and development teacher, and staff development educator. He is also an educational consultant to National Public Radio, USA Today, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Rick has presented at the White House, has appeared on Good Morning America, and has worked with school districts all across the country.

Product Details ISBN: 9781571107589
ISBN-10: 1571107584
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication Date: October 5th, 2009
Pages: 184
Language: English
"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