Planning With Metaphors

Indiana JonesGreetings all. I appologize, once again, for the lateness of this post. I rented the first 3 seasons of 24 and tried to watch them all this weekend. I kinda didn't get the point there, I guess. Who knew that each season of 24 actually took... 24 hours to watch? I mean, I didn't get that. That was 72 hours over all. Um, time kinda got away on me, there...yeah.

Anyway, this past week I got a new job in Vancouver, teaching English as a Second Language. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided to teach my classes about metaphors, using one concept to replace another. Apparently most Asian languages don't use metaphors and it was a little tricky to get the point across. We were watching t.v. and movies and talking about the metaphors in the stories. Actually, it went pretty well and it got me to thinking that maybe the same concept could be used for organisation.

No really, go with me here, this could work. Hey, I've been right almost as much as I've been wrong before, so it's worth a try. Without further ado, here's my Metaphorical Storyboarding Template. This would be a typical day:

Metaphorical Storyboard
I just don't know where I get these ideas. I'm glad I could share this one with you today. Until next time, keep your pen on the page, and your metaphors unmixed.

Steve Sharam

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Former ESL teacher here. There are various ways of tackling metaphors, depending on what level you're teaching. I never taught them as an extended topic, but would visit them in more depth as they came up in class. There is a book that I read in college that might be useful, if only just for help analyze and discuss metaphors in English, called Metaphors We Live By (

You might want to check it out, you can probably find some of the text online -- and, fyi, this approach has political implications, and the author, Lakoff, has written recently on the use of metaphor by politicians.