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Hyperbole, Idiom, Oxymoron
Fourth graders identify the usage of idiom, hyperbole, and oxymoron in literary passages. They apply this knowledge of figurative language through a composition exercise. The writing of teacher generated examples is also helpful.
Twelfth graders explore the use of oxymorons in everyday speech and writing. In small groups, 12th graders develop a list of common oxymorons they have heard or read to present to the class, and search the Internet for additional oxymorons.
Writing a Backwards Poem using "Holes" by Louis Sachar
Introduce your class to verbal irony and oxymorons in this lesson, which prompts them to write a "backwards poem" based on the novel Holes. After reading the first chapter, discuss the use of irony, beginning with the very first sentence. A sample of a backwards poem, full of oxymorons, demonstrates how to go about writing a poem. A fun part of the lesson includes pairing adjectives with unlike nouns, such as "delicious garbage."
In need of a brilliant definition and example of oxymoron? Here are two slides that contain a contextual example, common phrases as examples, and a definition of the word. Note: There are only two slides in this presentation add more definitions for a complete lesson.
What is an oxymoron? Learners determine pairs of words that contradict themselves in this matching worksheet. Next, they pair fourteen words.
Sixth graders explore language arts by utilizing the Internet. In this figurative language lesson, 6th graders identify the vocabulary terms oxymoron, simile, idiom and others. Students read a story called More Parts and identify the writing techniques used before reading more stories on-line.
100 Great English Oxymorons - Phrases That Contradict Themselves!
In this oxymoron activity, students test their vocabulary skills by reading and identifying the contradiction in each of the given phrases.
Learners consider their own notions of poverty, examine the life of a woman classified as "working poor" from a variety of perspectives, and present their findings to the class. Then, students synthesize their knowledge in a paper.
I have a pair of ducks; one can’t swim. Viewers are introduced to several literary terms (paradox, oxymoron, pun, irony, etc.) that are defined and illustrated with examples. Then they are asked to identify the figurative language used in a series of sentences.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Acts 1-2
Blank verse, stichomythia, soliloquy, allusion, oxymoron, malaprop? Readers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will need to know these terms to successfully complete a study guide designed for the first two acts of Shakespeare’s comedy. The majority of the questions are fact-based and would work best to help learners comprehend events and keep characters straight.
Errors vs. Rhetorical Devices
Is there a difference between writing errors and employing rhetorical devices? This presentation argues that there is a difference, but it might be a finer point than one would think. Addressing double entendre, oxymorons, and parody, among others, against their counterpoints (ambiguity, contradiction, imitation), the slide show is entertaining for grammarians and wordsmiths alike. Your class will appreciate the examples of each device throughout the presentation.
Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare was such a talented writer, but why? It must be his use of figurative language, blended with his clever, twisting plots. This worksheet focuses on his use of metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, and hyperbole within Romeo and Juliet. Your readers will study specific lines (given), identify the figurative language used, and explain how they know its that specific type.
Effective Writing is More Than a Five Paragraph Essay
Groups become experts in one aspect of the six traits of writing, prepare a PowerPoint presentation, jigsaw, and teach others about their trait. Writers then focus on these traits as they compose a persuasive essay about a person they consider to be an American hero. Lists of Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) and Extended Three Letter Acronyms (ETLAs) often found on the Internet, as well as lists of palindromes and oxymorons are also included. 17 lessons are contained in the unit.
Express Yourself! Lesson 1
Sixth graders discuss figurative language. In this figurative language lesson plan, 6th graders create a book for the various types of figurative language: oxymorons, similes, metaphors, clichés, idioms, personifications, maxims, and slang. They read My Teacher Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson and illustrate a saying literally.
'You Kiss by the Book': Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Students study Shakespeare's lyric form, plot and characterization in the play romeo and Juliet. They read and act out portions of the play and, in groups, find and examine similar moments in the play where Shakespeare spotlights the action through lyric form.
Express Yourself! Lesson 8
Sixth graders explore language arts by reading poetry. In this figurative language instructional activity, 6th graders identify different forms of figurative language in writing such as slang, metaphors and oxymoron. Students read poetry and analyze the different syllable patterns and how metaphors are used.
Sixth graders explore language arts by writing expressive sentences. In this figurative language lesson, 6th graders identify the different figurative writing techniques such as oxymoron, metaphors and idioms. Students read the story The Phantom Tollbooth and identify the figurative techniques used in it.
Graphing Inertia: An Oxymoron?
Eighth graders investigate Newton's Law of Inertia in order to create a context for the review of the use of different types of graphs. They practice gathering the data from an experiment and put it into the correct corresponding graph.
Who Is to Blame for Romeo and Juliet's Death?
Who done it? As the culmination of a unit study of Romeo and Juliet, class members must decide who (or what) is to blame for the death of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. After engaging in a series of preparatory activities, including focused readings and discussions, individuals craft an argumentative essay in which they present their case, their evidence, and then analyze counter arguments. The packet includes all necessary materials, as well as links to additional resources. A must for your Romeo and Juliet curriculum file.
New! Merely Players
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.