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"Think Like a Tree" January 2010

Literal and Figurative Language

Name:____________________________________ Date:_____________

Think Literally and Figuratively

Each line in "Think Like a Tree" can be read literally (understanding the actual, concrete meaning of words or sentences) and figuratively (understanding words or sentences metaphorically, or for what they suggest). In this activity, you will think about each line on both levels to understand the poem's meaning.

Do this with a partner!

Directions: With a partner, fill in the columns below. Then answer the questions on page 2. We did the first one for you.

What Karen Wrote

1. Soak up the sun

What This Line Means Literally

Trees soak up the sun for energy and nutrients in order to survive and grow.

What This Line Means Figuratively

Cherish the good times you have. Focus on the positive aspects of your life.

2. Be graceful in the wind

3. Stand tall after a storm

4. Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky

5. Be prepared for each season Continued >>

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"Think Like a Tree" January 2010

Literal and Figurative Language

Think Literally and Figuratively, page 2

1. How do you think a tree "affirms life's magic"? How do you?

2. Why does a tree feel "refreshed" after it rains? Can you relate to this feeling?

3. What do you think the poet means (figuratively) by the line "Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling"?

4. What are some ways you stay still long enough to "hear your own leaves rustling"?

Do this with a partner!

With your partner, pick your favorite line in the poem. On a separate piece of paper, write a wellorganized paragraph explaining the reasons you chose this line and why it's so meaningful to both of you.

Critical Thinking

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