Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Blog is Like a Spoken Opinion, Only Written

At this time every year at Bosque, we enjoy working with our seniors as they defend their theses.  They have done a year’s worth of research on a topic about which they are passionate, and they are eager to share what they have learned.  Although there is stress around the process, it’s usually the kind of nervous energy from which they can learn and grow. (However, there can be tears, and we try to help our students see that working on something of this magnitude is both hard and worthwhile.)  Their papers usually hover around 20 to 30 pages in length, and since they are first drafts, they usually have corrections to make after their defense. Some of their corrections address issues of content, and some require stylistic and grammatical changes.

It is with the multi-draft writing process in mind, and the fact that I had done many serious morning meeting talks lately, that I decided to share the following analogies with our students.  At Bosque, we always use morning meeting as a learning opportunity, but like other learning experiences, we can have fun as we grow and improve.  To that end, here are some of the analogies I read aloud at morning meeting from The Huffington Post, “High School Analogies: The 15 Funniest Metaphors and Similes Created by Teen Writers”:
  • She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
  • Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from “I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.”
  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
  • The politician was gone, but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
  • Her pants fit her like a glove, well, maybe more like a mitten, actually.
  • He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
  • The sunset displayed rich, spectacular hues like a .jpeg file at 10 percent cyan, 10 percent magenta, 60 percent yellow, and 10 percent black.
  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
  • The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
  • The lamp just sat there, like an inanimate object.
  • He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
As you can imagine, there were many laughs, and we left morning meeting chuckling.  While this may not have rocked anyone’s world or asked them to re-conceptualize something they had long held sacred, it may have allowed our students to laugh at themselves and others; to realize that writing is difficult and even with the best of intentions, we all make mistakes; and when we enjoy something humorous together, it can make us an even closer community.