Understanding Figurative Language: "Give Someone a Piece of Your Mind"

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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 then draw the literal meaning and figurative meaning. The video models how to find clues and how to illustrate an idiom. While this would be particularly helpful for English language learners, all pupils need instruction on idioms. Try this out as a mini-lesson in your class and extend it as desired with the materials provided in the slide show. 

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