We've just begun the profile unit, not quite ready to pre-write, so I turned to the instructors' manual to see if it had any additional tips for expanding our class discussion.
The editors' suggestion? Ask a room full of college freshmen to complete the following sentence:
- Eating ________ is like eating __________.
Are you kidding me?
Seriously, what was the first simile that came to mind? Be honest. Organ meat indeed.**
Knitting Olympics: I'm deep in Civil War knitting, having cranked out eight sleeping caps and a pair of winter cuffs in double knitting. I'm engaged in a mighty struggle with a typically frustratingly vague pattern, but the Olympics keep me plugging away at it.
**With some significant alteration and very careful phraseology on my part, I did use the exercise as a way to work on simile and concrete vs. abstract language. We had a lovely chat about tripe and blood sausage, alligator and squid, snails and crab mustard (the last being my contribution).