Euphemism Teacher Resources

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What the dickens? Yes, it is actually possible to talk about what might be considered improper or taboo topics without using offensive language. And this short video models how writers have used euphemisms to enrich their writing without causing offense. A complete transcript and a brief quiz are included in the resource. The video, the first of seven focusing on literary devices, can stand alone or be used to introduce the series.
In this euphemism instructional activity, learners study about this writing convention. Students guess what 5 euphemisms mean, then complete some writing and evaluating questions about euphemisms.
Seriously, 93 slides of literary terms? Yes, and well worth the time, although perhaps not all at once. The beauty here is in the concise, easy-to-understand definitions for such well-known terms as imagery and personification, as well as for more esoteric terms such as enjambment and litotes. The color-coded examples are an added bonus. 
Develop reading skills in your middle school classroom with this short reading passage. Consider assigning your class a reading strategy to practice as they read the selection. Ten reading comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions follow, and a detailed answer sheet is also provided. 
Students explore informative, expressive, directive and performative languages and discuss examples of each. In groups, students research the types of languages, their effectiveness in communicating truth, needs and desires. Students explore real life examples to determine the emotive power of words.
In this online interactive St. Patrick's Day instructional activity, students respond to 20 questions regarding the holiday. Students may check their answers with the click of the mouse.
Discuss and research slang expressions from the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Canada. They use the Web for their research and translate sentences from slang to standard English, while evaluating the effects of geography on English.
Disguises and role playing are the focus of a resource that uses Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV, Part I, to demonstrate how we all play many parts in our lives; how we all are “merely players.” The many activities ask class members to work in groups, pairs, and individually to create roles and reflect on the implications for the characters and themselves. A wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, wonderful resource.
“I am. I think. I will.” Seek the secrets of words. Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides the text for a series of exercises that ask readers to analyze how Rand uses antimetabole, epistrophe, parallelism, and repetition to create meaning. Using the provided worksheets and graphic organizers, individuals explain the meaning of passages, analyze how Rand uses various grammatical devices to underscore her point, and then create their own examples. 
Explore the pop art movement and create a sculpture in the pop art style based on a visual pun, or play on words. The scholar's work may use humor, allegory, metaphor, or be in the form of a parody. Visual examples are provided, and some basic pop art vocabulary is provided. Let the creativity flow! 
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
“. . . one man in his time plays many parts,/His acts being seven ages.” Jaques famous speech from Act II, scene vii of As you Like It sets the stage for an examination of the roles people play. Class members not only consider the roles played and masks worn by various characters in Shakespeare’s plays, but are also encouraged to examine their own. A variety of activities are included to enable learners to make text-to-self and text-to-world connections. “And so (we) play (our) part.”
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
In the nineteenth episode of a world history series, the narrator explains how the mutually beneficial relationship between the Venetians and the Ottomans led to the Renaissance and Christopher Columbus' voyages. More specifically, your class members will learn about Venetian reliance on trade and merchant ships, coupled with the Ottoman Empire's capture of Egypt and control of trade through the Mediterranean.
Discover how authors design narrative and thematic structure with these practice activities for McLaurin’s “The Rite Time of Night.” Learners are encouraged to track repeating patterns such as references to nature or types of conflicts experienced by the characters in the story, and annotate them by color. From their findings, pupils can create their own story with a narrative structure similar to structures used by a professional.  
What caused, and when was, the fall of the Roman Empire? Find out why the narrator argues the date to be around the middle of the 15th century, or in some ways, to this very day. The video covers Roman efforts to incorporate Germanic warriors into the Roman army, the lack of an emperor after the fifth century, and the rise and impact of the Byzantine empire.
A 24-slide presentation that covers advanced literary terms such as asyndeton, anaphora, chiasmus, and litotes. With 10 terms covered in all, the slides of this presentation alternate between term definition and example. While the information in this presentation would be a valuable addition to an upper-level English course, the presentation itself is not interactive, engaging, or particularly well formatted. 
Context, purpose, and thesis, the three elements of rhetoric, are highlighted in a presentation about persuasive discourse. Designed to accompany a high school or college-level lecture, the resource does provide the necessary basic terminology.
The verbal and quantitative sections of the SAT can be a challenge for even the most erudite logophile. Prepare your test takers for the vocabulary they will encounter on standardized exams by providing them with a helpful list of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Model how they can use word decoding strategies to determine the meaning of arcane lexicon. Although the referenced PowerPoint is not included, the lists can be easily reproduced.
A presentation that covers everything from alliteration to trochee, use this resource as a reference or a starting point for teaching various literary terms and devices. The terms are organized in alphabetical order, making it easy to find just the one you are looking for. Showing the whole PowerPoint at once will most likely be overwhelming for your middle schoolers, so consider picking and choosing terms to show in thematic chunks.

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