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Spark Your Imagination: Metaphor Edition

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Get ready to lead your students through an exhilarating experience with our 'Digital Metaphor Posters' lesson. This captivating journey seamlessly blends language arts with digital creativity, inviting students to explore the magic of metaphors through the dynamic canvas of Adobe Spark. Imagine their excitement as they transform abstract concepts into visually stunning masterpieces, unveiling the power of words and imagery in unison. Join us in igniting a spark of inspiration that will leave you and your students thrilled to embark on this imaginative adventure!


Lesson Overview 

Overview Activity Objectives
Opening Activity Engage learners' creativity and critical thinking as they decipher the power of metaphor through an interactive guessing game featuring a slide of metaphorical pictures. Actively analyze visual cues and think conceptually as they interpret metaphorical meanings from a series of images, fostering an understanding of metaphors as symbolic language.
Main Activity Learners will unleash their artistic and metaphorical prowess in the main activity by designing captivating digital posters using Adobe Spark to represent chosen metaphors visually.
  • Create visually engaging digital posters using Adobe Spark.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to match metaphors with appropriate imagery.
Closing Activity Learners share their digital metaphor posters with the class, sparking a lively guessing game to decipher the hidden metaphors.
  • Learners present their posters, inviting classmates to analyze the visual elements and creatively deduce the metaphors.




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Introduce learners to the lesson. Allow them to go through the objectives.

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Let's start with a question: Have you ever said 'time flies' or 'she's a ray of sunshine'? What if I told you these aren't just words but magical windows into deeper meanings?

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A metaphor is a special way of using words to describe something by saying it is something else. It helps us understand and imagine things in new and interesting ways. For example, saying 'the world is a stage' is a metaphor that helps us picture life like a big play, with people playing different roles.

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Before diving deeper into the world of metaphors, let's start by sharing some metaphors you might have used in your everyday conversations. Raise your hand and tell us about a time when you used a metaphor. Maybe you've said something like, 'my room is a disaster zone' or 'her smile is a ray of sunshine.' Sharing these examples will help us see how we already use metaphors to make our language more colorful and expressive. Who would like to share one they've used?

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"Let's put our metaphor detective hats on and play a game! I will show you some pictures, and I want you to think about what each picture might be trying to tell us. Remember, just like how words can be used to describe something by saying it's something else, pictures can also do the same. So, your task is to guess the metaphor implied by each picture. Ready? Let's dive in!"

As you present each picture, give students a moment to think and then encourage them to share their guesses. This activity will reinforce their understanding of metaphors and make the concept more tangible through visual representation.



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Imagine you see a picture of a heart made of puzzle pieces. That's a visual metaphor, telling us that love is like putting pieces together to make something whole. Visual metaphors are all around us, especially in art, advertisements, and even movies. They help us understand big ideas by showing us something familiar that represents something more abstract.

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You can present these options on Slide 8, and students can choose one of these themes for their main activity:

Theme Option 1: Nature

Exemplar Metaphor: "The sun was a golden coin in the sky."

Explanation: In this metaphor, the sun is compared to a "golden coin" to convey the idea that the sun is bright and valuable, just like a precious coin. This comparison helps us visualize the sun's radiant and warm qualities.

Theme Option 2: Sports

Exemplar Metaphor: "His determination was a locomotive charging down the tracks."

Explanation: In this metaphor, determination is likened to a "locomotive" to emphasize its unstoppable and powerful nature. Just as a locomotive charges forward with force, determination propels someone to achieve their goals.

Theme Option 3: Friendship

Exemplar Metaphor: "Their friendship was a sturdy bridge over troubled waters."

Explanation: In this metaphor, friendship is compared to a "sturdy bridge" to highlight its supportive and dependable qualities. Just as a bridge helps people cross over challenges, friendship provides support during difficult times.

For each theme option, encourage students to brainstorm their own metaphors that relate to the chosen theme, and then guide them to create visual representations of these metaphors in their digital posters during the main activity.

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Selecting a metaphor that can be visually represented is crucial because it allows you to create a powerful and engaging poster. Visual metaphors make your message more accessible and memorable to your audience. It helps convey your intended meaning effectively.
Apprise learners of the guidelines for selecting a Metaphor.

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Apprise learners of the Visual Metaphor Design Worksheet and ask them to use the same for ideating their Visual Metaphor.

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Once done ideation, learners will then move to bringing their visual metaphor to life via Adobe Express.

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Introduce learners to the tool with the help of the video tutorial.


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Learners will share their visual metaphors with the rest of the class in an interesting way.

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Apprise learners to the flow of their presentation. 


  • Begin by introducing yourself.
  • Explain that the audience will have the opportunity to guess the metaphor based on the visual elements in your poster.

Visual Representation: Display your digital metaphor poster

Audience Participation:

  • Open the floor for the guessing game and invite your classmates to guess the metaphor.
  • Give a few moments for guesses and encourage active participation.

Reveal the Metaphor:

  • After a reasonable number of guesses, reveal the metaphor to the class.
  • Explain any nuances or details in your design that may have contributed to the metaphor's meaning.


  • Facilitate a short discussion where you can answer questions from the audience.
  • Encourage your classmates to share their thoughts on how effectively the metaphor was conveyed visually.


  • Thank your classmates for their participation and feedback.
  • If desired, ask for constructive feedback on your presentation and metaphor representation.

Transition to the Next Presenter: Pass the presentation to the next student in line, allowing the process to continue.

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Recap the importance of metaphors and their role in symbolic language

Encourage students to share what they learned during this activity

Thank the students for their participation and effort and conclude with the exit ticket on screen.



Understanding of Metaphor



Demonstrates limited understanding of what a metaphor is and struggles to explain it.


Shows some understanding of metaphors but may provide a somewhat vague or incomplete explanation.


Displays a clear and accurate understanding of metaphors, providing a concise and well-articulated explanation.

Metaphor Selection



Struggles to choose a metaphor related to the chosen theme and does not provide a clear rationale for the selection.


Selects a metaphor related to the chosen theme but may lack depth in the explanation or relevance.


Chooses a metaphor that is highly relevant to the theme and provides a thoughtful and insightful explanation for the selection.

Visual Representation



Has difficulty ideating a visual representation for the chosen metaphor and lacks creativity in the design.


Attempts to visualize the metaphor but may need refinement in the execution or choice of imagery.


Effectively creates a visually engaging poster that clearly represents the chosen metaphor with creativity, imagery, and composition.





Comments (1)

Peeyusha Sharma
05 Oct 2023
I never knew Metaphors could be made this interesting for Learners.