Reflection: Real World Applications Idioms - Section 4: Sharing our Idioms


Students indicated that they had been exposed to idioms prior to this lesson.  They have heard examples from their parents or friends or in the media, but many did not know what the phrases meant or that they are called idioms.  One students said that she uses "you drive me up the wall" when she feels frustrated by someone, as she shows in her Idiom student sample.

I noticed that my ELL students were a bit confused by the English version of idioms.  One students offered me colloquialism of idioms from their native Spanish language.  As we discussed examples in both English and Spanish, ELL students realized that the two languages are similar in the context which idioms are used to tell a story.  This revelation demonstrates that students can transfer knowledge from their native language and transfer easier to new knowledge when they compare common elements in both languages.

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Unit 15: Figurative Language
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT recognize and interpret figurative language in context.

Big Idea: How are idioms used as imagery in writing to express figurative meaning which differs from its literal meaning?

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, figurative language (Poetry), idioms, figurative language, figurative meaning, ELL
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