Synectics lesson on The Help

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Synectics lesson on The Help

  1. 1. Metaphors The Help
  2. 2. Warm UpO How is Minnys chocolate pie like the Civil Rights Movement?O How is Skeeters Fathers pick-up like the African American neighborhood in Jackson?O How are the toilets on Hillys lawn like a painting?
  3. 3. ProblemO As the novel progressed, Skeeter found it hard to fit in with her childhood friends.O Have you ever experienced this sort of isolation or known someone who has?
  4. 4. Brainstorm!O Can you name some forms of creative expression?O Now, how are these creative expressions like an action or emotion?O For instance, how is a fashion show similar to the emotion of greed? How is it similar to the celebratory action of doing a cartwheel?
  5. 5. Lights, Camera, Action!O Think of your five senses.O What does crying taste like?O What does celebrating smell like?O Does pity sound a certain way?O If you are greed, how do you feel about yourself?
  6. 6. Oxy… what?O Oxymoron: is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms.O A term that consists of two words that are in conflict in some way.O Examples: artificial grass, bitter sweet, clear as mud, jumbo shrimp, firm pillow, fried ice cream….O Can you think of one with our list of actions/emotions?O Post a short free verse poem using your oxymoron to my twitter page!
  7. 7. Oxymoron AnalogyO Take the oxymoron you created and apply it to something else.O For example, jumbo shrimp could be applied to a jet airplane. “The jet airplane was enormous compared to a one- propeller plane, but it is tiny compared to today’s models.”O Can you think of an object you can apply your oxymoron to?
  8. 8. ApplicationO Your mission: create an original manuscript that uses the oxymoron analogy you created.O You will create one or more characters that use creative expression to deal with a tragic event.O You must use a variety of the literary devices that we have discussed this semester (Characterization, Tone, Personification, etc) in your script.

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