Reflection: Performance Tasks Idioms and Multiple Meaning Words - Section 4: Independent Practice


Background Knowledge really played an important role in this lesson!  Although the students know the meaning of idioms, it was much harder for them to analyze and explain the meaning of the idioms. 

I quickly realized how important background knowledge was in this lesson.  I was able to stop and review the slide in the power point that demonstrates how to rewrite the sentence to help decode the meaning of the idiom.  One idiom on the handout gave the students a lot of problems.  The sentence stated that Amy's uncle "bought the farm" and she had to decide who would receive his inheritance.  I knew this question would bring up a lot of questions because the students have no connection to that idiom.  I pushed the students to use other clues and words from the sentence to help decide the meaning.  Finally, after discussing the word inheritance, we were able to determine the meaning as being passed away.  The students struggled, but using the context clues they were able to persevere through the complex task. 

In this lesson, I realized how many levels text complexity can have.  Although the sentences in the activity were not written with higher text complexity, the background knowledge needed made this task much more of a complex task. 

I began to sweat a bit when the students were failing, but once we slowed down, used our tools of context clues, the students quickly shined and realized the power they had within them to succeed!  


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Idioms and Multiple Meaning Words

Unit 4: Unit 2: Part II Elements of Fiction
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze, define and use words with multiple meanings.

Big Idea: Students analyze songs, prose, and poetry to determine the connotation and denotation of words.

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