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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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Understanding Figurative Language: "Know Like the Back of My Hand"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What do your middle school writers know like the backs of their hands? Explore the power of idioms with a short video about figurative language. By observing context clues in a sentence, both beginning and advanced readers can decipher...
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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: "The Pot Calling the Kettle Black"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Idioms can be hard for kids to understand, especially if English isn't their first language. Use a five-minute video to first introduce the concepts of figurative language and how idioms aren't meant to be taken literally. The rest of...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Skeletons in the Closet"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Skeletons aren't just for Halloween anymore! Bring the meaning of "skeletons in the closet" to your middle school class with a video about idioms. The series of five videos on idioms would fit well with your figurative language unit as...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Hit the Nail on the Head"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What does it mean to hit the nail on the head? Bring figurative language to your middle school class with a video about idioms. Young readers learn to interpret certain phrases figuratively, based on context clues throughout the text....
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Straw that Broke the Camel's Back"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
The final video in a series about idioms features strategies about figurative language and context clues. Eighth graders can use these strategies for unfamiliar phrases that they might see in poems or stories. Especially helpful for...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Getting One's Foot in the Door"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Get your foot in the door with a video on idioms! Perfect for both beginning and advanced language arts learners, the video demonstrates how to interpret idioms based on context clues. A worthwhile addition to a unit on poetry,...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Water Under the Bridge"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
It's all water under the bridge! Show your language arts class how to identify and define idioms. With a video just over four minutes long, learners review the concept of figurative vs. literal language, and use context clues to...
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Understanding Figurative Language: " Put on the Back Burner"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Show your middle schoolers that some phrases aren't meant to be taken literally. The third video in a five-video series, it demonstrates how to interpret idioms such as "put it on the back burner." You could pair the video with an idiom...
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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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Leveled Vocabulary for And Then There Were None

For Teachers 8th Standards
Chaotic, perjury, tenacious, vague, predatory, idiosyncrasy. Using Marzano and Brown’s six steps of direct instruction for vocabulary (choose, restate, illustrate, use, discuss, play) readers of And Then There Were None engage in a...
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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 instructional activity 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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Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual...
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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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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...