How could a person write a paragraph on the topic "If I were a pencil"?

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I think the topic, "If I were a pencil," is a fun, open-ended prompt that really allows you to be creative! In any case, you will be writing an extended metaphor , which is a creative way to compare two seemingly unlike things. In this case, you are comparing yourself...

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I think the topic, "If I were a pencil," is a fun, open-ended prompt that really allows you to be creative! In any case, you will be writing an extended metaphor, which is a creative way to compare two seemingly unlike things. In this case, you are comparing yourself and a pencil. Just make sure to write from the first person point of view using "I."

To help you brainstorm some ideas, first decide on the purpose of your paragraph. Do you want the pencil to reveal your own qualities and characteristics? Make a list of your most important qualities. Then, describe the pencil to represent who you are. For example, what color would you be? A wild neon pink or a classic yellow? If you are helpful and a hard worker, you could be a pencil that is sharpened down to a stub with a well-used, dull point and no more eraser left! How would you feel about that? Proud and confident or frustrated and overworked? Who would you want to belong to and why?

Another purpose of your paragraph could be to reveal something about society or the person using the pencil. Use the description of the pencil to symbolize how pencils are treated or valued by students today. Who is your owner? A child in school or a teenager? Where do you live? In the bottom of a filthy backpack or in an organized pencil case with other pencils? If you belong to a young child, are you appreciated and well-kept or broken and thrown about? How does that make you feel? If you belong to a teenager, do you feel like computers and texting are replacing you? Do you feel out of work? Do you wish you could go on strike?

After you set the purpose or the message you want to get across to the reader, be as descriptive as possible by using your senses to describe how things are from the point of view of a pencil. You can even use fun puns like "from my point of view" or "I am sharp" to create a humorous tone. It's up to you! I think this exercise is an effective way to develop your voice as a writer. Good luck!

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Begin by thinking of the physical characteristics of a pencil.  It is made of wood; it contains graphite; it usually has an eraser on it; it must be sharpened to be of any use.

Now think of ways in which the pencil is used: to write; to draw; to doodle; to drum on a desk when you're bored; to twist between your fingers like a twirler twists a baton.

Try to imagine that you are the pencil itself.  You can talk about all the characteristics above.  You can also talk about being lost easily, or kept at the bottom of a dirty purse or back pack. Maybe you can talk about the fact that you will be thrown away when your owner learns to write with a pen more than a pencil.

Use these ideas as a beginning place for your own imagination.  You should now be able to write that paragraph very well and very easily.

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