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They rise like sudden fiery flowers

That burst upon the night,

Then fall to earth in burning showers

of crimson, blue and white.

Fireworks - JAMES REEVES

Small blue busybodies

Strutting like fat gentleman

With hands clasped

Under their swallowtail coats ...


Use similes to improve your descriptive writing

Write an original simile to describe each of the following:

1. Waves

2. A simile

3. Football

4. Music

5. Bikes

6. Lightning

Activity 5:


[lo 4.4.1]

The metaphor draws a comparison between two things, but does not use “like” or “as” as the simile does. Study these examples. They will help you with the next activity.:

The beach is a quarter of golden fruit,

a soft ripe melon

sliced to a half-moon curve

having a thick green rind

of jungle growth ...


The road was a ribbon of moonlight

over the purple moor ...

The Highwayman – ALFRED NOYES

The sausage is a cunning bird

With feathers long and wavy;

It swims about the frying pan

And makes its nest in gravy.


Use metaphor to improve your creative writing

Write your own original metaphor poem on ONE of the following topics. Use the “sausage” poem as your pattern. Your poem must consist of four short lines and should not have more than 24 words.

  1. The road is _________
  2. Fire is ______________
  3. TV is ________________
  4. Bikes are ________________
  5. Friendship is _____________
  6. Homework is ___________
CHECKLIST for metaphor poem Self Educator
It sounds and looks like a poem
I have I expressed my own ideas.
The metaphor is clear.
I have managed to use rhyming words.
I have checked my spelling.

Activity 6:

The art of story-telling

[lo 1.1]

Think about these:

  • Do you have a favourite story?
  • Why do you remember it so well?
  • Did you read it on your own?
  • Who told you the story?

The ability to tell a story, which keeps an audience spellbound, is a gift. How wonderful to be able to spin a yarn which makes the audience laugh or gaze fearfully over their shoulders or weep about the fortunes and misfortunes of a storybook hero and heroine! Part of the magic of story-telling lies in the voice, in gestures and facial expression.

If you write a story, you have to rely on the power of the story line and the words you use.

Like any other successful achievement a story starts with a good idea. Then you need to think about the story line and the characters. Only then can you start working with words. Every word has to count!

“It is not just a quick and easy way to tell a tale. It must have a good beginning and an excellent end, with plenty in the middle, like a good sausage.”

- JUANITA CASEY (Author of many short stories.)

Story-telling competition : Suddenly I realized I was not alone ... Weave a story around this idea. It may be the beginning, the middle or the ending of your story. You may use music or sound effects to create the right atmosphere for your story. Give it a title .

Creative writing activity

Improve your narrative writing skills by making every word count. Write a short, short story (maximum length 100 words) to prove the truth of the proverb:

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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