Extended Metaphor Narrative Checklist Answer Yes or No for each question. The answer must be yes on your final draft. Extended Metaphor Is a metaphor used to describe the writer’s life, personality, or family? Is the metaphor extended by explaining how he/she is like the comparison in several sentences? Does the introduction end with a thesis statement that connects the metaphor to an event? Does the story demonstrate the metaphor is an accurate comparison? Significance Does the story focus on a single important event? Is the time and place of the story described? Is it clear why this event was chosen? Is the impact of the event shown? Does the writer avoid saying, “This was important because”? Showing Is at least one example of dialogue used? Is at least one snapshot used? Is at least one thoughtshot used? Are flashbacks, flashforwards, or brain arguments used? Does the author use sensory imagery? Does the author use metaphors, similes, and/or personification? Style Does this story have a strong personality? Does it make the reader feel something about the reader (+ or -)? Does the story use any vocabulary words? Does the story avoid dead words (good, bad, things, stuff, interesting, etc…)? Does the story avoid repetition of words and phrases, especially of “I”? Does the story avoid personal pronouns like “you”, “I”, and “me”? Does the story use a combination of long and short sentences? Does it avoid using slang or informal language (gotta, kinda, etc…)? Mechanics Usage Grammar Spelling Is the story free of run-on sentences? (Remember commas only can’t be used to connect complete sentences.) Is the story free of fragments (incomplete sentences missing subjects and/or verbs) Are apostrophes used when needed and not just added to every word that ends in “s”? Does the essay confuse any homophones? (Examples their/there/they’re, its/it’s, passed/past, through/threw, your/you’re, to/two/too) Is it free from spelling errors?
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