Fairness Metaphor

6, 7, 8

Learners reflect on their attitude about and responsibility for making fair choices about spending. They use the literary device of metaphor to express their thoughts.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • define metaphor and simile.
  • write a creative metaphor about the issue of fairness in the music industry or in fair trade.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    A metaphor is a technique for constructing meaning for a concept by comparing it to something completely unrelated. Provide an example of a metaphor and a simile.

    • The wave of music crashed into the room and tumbled everyone into a frenzy of dancing and singing. (metaphor--The music is a wave.)
    • The loud music was like a tidal wave entering the room, and we all reacted by dancing and singing loudly. (simile--The music is like a wave.)
  2. Encourage the learners to think of a creative metaphor to describe their understanding or plan for fair practices related to music downloads or other fair trade issues. Example: My new bicycle speedometer: When I am racing to pick up the coolest trends in music, my speedometer reminds me to note my speed and take time to make sure I'm acting in a fair way.)

  3. Give them a few minutes to think, then have them turn to a partner and share their idea for a metaphor. The partners can help each other develop their ideas in writing. They can share their metaphors aloud with the whole group. 

    Discuss the similarities and differences in thought.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.