Sensory Imagery in The Glass Menagerie

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Sensory Imagery in Memory for The Glass Menagerie

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Imagery is an important type of figurative language, as it brings ideas and memories to life in a very tactile way for our senses.

Having students create storyboards that show different kinds of imagery in a memory strengthens analytical thinking about imagery, and their understanding of the way memory works. Have your students choose an important memory from their lives and depict the sensory imagery using the Storyboard Creator. In the storyboard, an example of each sensory image from the memory should be visually represented (either through pictures students create, or what they can find in our Photos For Class search), along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of imagery.


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Cell 1: Sight
In the memory, I can see the road flares as my brother stuck them in the snow on the hill.


Cell 2: Smell
I can smell the coldness of the air; more snow is on the way!


Cell 3: Taste
I taste the hot chocolate we brought with us in a thermos to keep us warm.


Cell 4: Touch
I feel the hard nylon snow tube underneath me as I sit down and prepare to fly.


Cell 5: Sound
I hear the dead stillness in the woods, and the screams of laughter as we sail over the jumps.


Cell 6: Emotional Impression
This is one of the happiest memories from my childhood. Night sledding was a totally new thing to my friends and I, and to light up the hill with road flares created a cool and surreal look and feel to the hillside.


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Create a storyboard that highlights the sensory imagery from an important memory in your life. Try to choose one that accesses all of the five senses. In the final cell, give your overall emotional impression of that memory. .


  1. Identify the sensory images from your memory.
  2. Label each cell with “Sight”, “Smell”, “Taste”, “Touch”, “Sound”, and “Emotional Impression.”
  3. Illustrate these sensory images in each of the cells.
  4. Write a short description of the sense and the scene below each depiction.

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