“Straw Into Gold” is titled after the unique situation with which the girl in “Rumplestiltskin” finds
herself: being tasked with the impossible, turning common straw into precious gold. Cisneros uses this analogy throughout her essay to discuss how she has achieved her own seemingly
Return to your journal and choose one of the ideas you brainstormed from Page 1 of this lesson,
which included an experience and a lesson you learned.
For this Application, use what you learned from watching how Cisneros developed her analogy
from Rumpelstiltskin to create an analogy that will help develop the idea you chose from your
In less than 200 words, answer these questions for your application in a paragraph:
- What experience in your life will your Reflective Essay discuss?
- What did you learn from that experience?
- What analogy will you use to develop this lesson within your essay?
Note: Remember that an analogy is a comparison, so you will need to tell me both what the
lesson is (achieving the impossible in my own life) and what you are relating it to (spinning straw
Some good ideas include: Fairy tales or fables, Shakespearean quotes or characters, myths,
classic films, etc.
This is a pre-writing activity that will help you plan for a successful Reflective Essay. Use the
guidance in your textbook to go ahead and write the essay you planned. You should complete the
essay, but you should only turn in your 200 -word discussion of your analogy.
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