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Idioms

Idioms are especially difficult for English Language Learners! Give your students an introduction to idioms with this lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use context clues to link an idiom to a definition.

Language

Students will be able to use context clues to unpack common American idioms.

Introduction

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  • Explain to students that today they will learn how writers make their writing exciting using idioms.
  • Define idiom and write it on the board. Give an example (i.e. "a penny for your thoughts").
  • Have students turn to partners to discuss the expression and its intended meaning.