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Figurative Language - Figuring it Out

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Play this slide show and then find out how much your class has learned with the included quiz. After jotting down the definitions of each term, class members label 10 examples with one of five terms: simile, metaphor, personification,...
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I Can Write a Poem

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they...
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Edgar Allan Poe Short Story WebQuest

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to Edgar Allan Poe with a series of mostly self-guided tasks and assignments. Class members follow the list of tasks, starting by watching a video with background information and ending with a compare-and-contrast...
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In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and...
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The Art of the Metaphor

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Show this poetic and captivating video to your class to activate thought about figurative language. The narrator conjures up scenes with her use of metaphor and describes not only what a metaphor is, but what a metaphor can do. She uses...
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Where the Red Fern Grows Chapter 1 Worksheet

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Break down Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls into manageable chunks by focusing on plot points and literary elements in specific chapters. This resource is all about the first chapter, and asks pupils to use complete sentences to...
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Craft Dialogue with Multiple Meanings by Using Verbal Irony

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Sometimes people and characters say one thing, but mean another. This is known as verbal irony and is a difficult concept for pupils to grasp. Grow their understanding of verbal irony by asking them to use it in their own fictional...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Have you ever had a really tough decision to make, and you just didn't know which idiom to use to describe that situation? Watch this video lesson and you'll know all about being between a rock and a hard place. Learners can watch the...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Give Someone a Piece of Your Mind"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Idiomatic expressions are tricky because they don't mean exactly what they say. Focus on using context clues to help students translate the phrase without depending too much on the literal meaning. Class members look at the clues and...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Are you teaching idioms in your class? If so, consider this resource. The video models how to determine the meaning of the idiom a wolf in sheep's clothing with context clues and images. Pupils imagine the idiom, look for context clues,...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Thorn in my Side"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Each idiom has a unique meaning that does not correspond with a direct translation of the words that make up the expression. Help your pupils unpack the meaning of idioms, in particular the saying a thorn in my side. The video models how...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "To Burn Bridges"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Is your class struggling with idioms? Break down these figurative expressions with the process described in the video and presentation provided here. The goal of the lesson is to help pupils understand the expression to burn bridges. The...
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The President's Message: Franklin D. Roosevelt

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Decipher Franklin D. Roosevelt's message to Congress concerning a declaration of war on December 11, 1941. Learners analyze the message through a close reading and a series of text-dependent questions. Specific directions are provided,...
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Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson plan detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the...
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Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.,...
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Word Analogies

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Discuss analogies with your middle schoolers. Using the word analogy worksheet provided here, learners analyze eight analogies. The analogies are fairly simple and straight forward and will bolster confidence.
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Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Review the terms denotation, connotation, diction, and mood in paragraph writing. After defining the terms, middle schoolers practice writing examples of both connotation and denotation. They complete a connotation and denotation graphic...
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What's In a Name?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your language arts class to connotation, denotation, and diction. Middle schoolers identify and differentiate between the connotative and denotative  meanings of words by analyzing the fictitious sports team names. Learners...
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Words 'R' Us

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Word relationships, connotation, and denotation are the focus of an activity to teach the use of a thesaurus. Scholars seek out vocabulary words to replace common starter words; they use the new vocabulary words to write three...
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Positive and Negative Connotations

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Does the word "obsessive" have a positive or negative connotation? What about "stylish" or "fervent"? Use this list of twenty-four adjectives, as well as the graphic organizer on the next page, to reinforce the difference between...
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Exploring Afghani Culture through Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Hosseini Khaled's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are the anchor texts in a semester-long course that explores Afghani culture and traditions.
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Idioms

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
It's just a figure of speech, but this app is, in a nutshell, bursting at the seams with idioms. In just two shakes of a lamb's tail, learners can study, search for, and test their knowledge of the included expressions.
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Choose the Correct Homophone

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
It's a known secret that English can be a difficult language to learn, and homophones don't make it any easier. Help your young readers tackle these tricky words with this simple fill-in-the blank exercise in which they identify the word...
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All Summer in a Day Vocab

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
While working with Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day," take some time to consider vocabulary. This exercise lists eight sentences from the story in which Bradbury uses words in interesting or different ways. Pupils read the sentence...