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Can your learners identify formal and informal language? The first exercise has learners categorize 10 sentences into one of three columns: formal, informal, or slang. Then learners take these 10 sentences and rewrite them in a more neutral tone of voice. The last exercise has them place certain words (some are formal, some are informal) in the appropriate sentences. This is a great activity to complete prior to any formal writing or speaking unit.
Learners utilize a new language to discuss dates and birthdays. In this foreign language lesson, students practice using vocabulary words from a target language to speak about birthdays and culture related to a specific student. Learners create a fictional character and write a story about his or her fake birthday celebration.
Figures of speech, sensory details, and academic language are all targeted while reading Chapter Two of J. Ferris’ Go Free or Die. First, learners engage in an exercise to practice describing with detail. Then, partners use a chart to record and explain the meaning of the examples of figurative language listed. In addition to the page numbers of passages particularly rich in detail, assessment and worksheet links are provided.
In order to read and respond to Toni Morrison's A Mercy in this figurative-language lesson, students discuss the differences between a literal and a figurative interpretation of a text. They explore figures of speech using a Visual Thesaurus, and keep a log of figurative language used by Morrison throughout the text.
Students practice using their target language vocabulary by completing a crossword puzzle. In this foreign language instructional activity, students complete several random tasks based on new vocabulary words in their target language dealing with numbers or the weather. Students pass their task to a teammate every 3 minutes before completing their crossword assignment.
Seventh and eighth graders identify figurative language in children's poetry and create their own to post to a class wiki. They search a library web browser for children's poetry, read several poems, and identify simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and puns. Finally, they create their own poems and identify the figurative language in classmates' poetry to analyze its effects.