‘Coming Home’: A Lesson in Metaphor & Values

Students read Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Metaphors’ and then wrote their own metaphor-based poems. They also did some free writing around the topic of Values that you will see here.

Lesson Note:

  • When you communicate an idea with a metaphor, you light up people’s sensory and motor neurons.
  • You also activate emotions, prompt aha moments, and reward your audience with a sense of social interaction.
  • When you’re trying to persuade, you might first seek a good story, but you may do better to seek a metaphor.-Psychology Today, ‘Want to be Persuasive? Find a Metaphor’ by Bill Birchard, 2023

Mrs. McClain, 7th Grade

Trust Is A…

by Adelaide S.

Trust is a rope

if it snaps, it never goes back completely

Trust is a whisper behind a hand

hidden from others

Trust is a secret

never to be told

Trust is a balance

a person on a tight wire

Trust is a relationship

it builds

it holds

Trust can be broken


by Laila L.

A present can be good or bad

or both, all that matters is if you like it or

not, presents are full of surprise

it can come in different ways

From being on time or getting something

correct, honesty can be a present. It is

good but also bad, you can like it

but also dislike it, but all that

matters if you forgive that person for

giving that present.

Honesty is a present.

Mrs. McClain, 8th Grade


by Cora W.

Talking is a bar of chocolate

big enough and it will and it will save the world

If enough people come with open

ears, hungry stomachs, willing minds

We can accomplish feats never dreamed

There can be plenty for everyone

If we all try and believe and hope

Little bits of everyone until

We are full of love and chocolate.


by Jack M.

A glass half full that never depletes

An hourglass emptying onto a fertile piece of land

It’s that one phone call when you need it most

I’m looking for treasure and find a cigarette butt

And a red road that stretches from England to Egypt

Mrs. McClain, 8th Grade


by Damarlyon B.

Trust is a flame

that can sometimes go out

Coming Home

by Miles K.

this week is homecoming week, the week of

the sign

the fireworks

the house

the horn

the clock

Don’t let it slip through your hands.

Have fun.

Mrs. McClain, 7th Grade

Be This Nice

by Thomas S.


if it is not used correctly, it is harmful


is a drug

it is addictive and cold

by good for you.


by Santiago M.

I think that honesty is important because if you

don’t tell the truth a lot of the time, they won’t believe you

and when you are trying to get something

or you are serious about someone or something

they won’t ever believe you again

in their whole life.

The end.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.