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Analyzing Literary Devices

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth graders identify figurative language and poetry in this literary analysis lesson. Using Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a YouTube video for "The Walrus and the Carpenter," young readers complete a literary device...
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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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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...
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On the Hunt: Understanding Figurative Language

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young writers hunt for examples of figurative language in their reading. The hunt requires pupils to cite  their sources, record a quoted example for each type of figurative language, and an explanation of what they think the examples...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Fish Out of Water"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Holy cow! Here's another video about idioms.Your class will be tickled pink by a video that models how to decode these funky phrases. The three-step process is sure to clear the murky waters that muddy up the minds of those unfamiliar...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "To Cry Over Spilled Milk"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Part of a series devoted to understanding figurative language, this video looks at how to unpack the meaning of an idiom. Using “don’t cry over spilled milk,” as a model, learners are advised to either memorize the meaning of the...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Leopard Can't Change His Spots"

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Idioms are the focus a short video that shows viewers how to use context clues to determine meaning. Learners first image the picture the idiom creates, then examine context clues, and finally, they illustrate the idiom. The presentation...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Take Under One's Wing"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Are your learners tearing their hair out trying to understand idioms? Blow their minds with a short video that models how to use context clues to find the sense in the syntax. Rather than looking at the meaning of each individual word,...
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Figurative Language

For Students 8th Standards
How can you compare two things that are different, but also similar? After reading an explanation of metaphors, similes, and personification, eighth graders answer ten multiple choice questions about how to use each when writing. Use the...
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Snappy Solutions, Sizzling Sentences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
An examination of the figurative language in Gwendolyn Brooks’ To Young Readers challenges your writers to think about the richness of language. Ask your class why Brooks says, “Good books are bandages.” This discussion of alliteration,...
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Scriptwriting: Characters

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Protagonists, antagonists, stereotypes, and foils. Introduce your scriptwriters to major, minor, round, and flat characters, and how to create them. Rich in examples and activities, the packet includes the directions for an exercise...