August 26, 2015
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by Rhondra Lewis

Lesson plan

That Old Cliché

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Students will understand the origins and meaning of certain clichés.

(10 minutes)
  • As an introduction to this lesson, use sticky notes to post the following prompt (cliché): Time heals all wounds.
  • Ask all students to suggest a meaning for the prompt.
  • Have students volunteer to share their thoughts.
  • They may come up with answers similar to this: “pain and misery get easier as time passes by.”
  • Tell students that the prompt is a figure of speech known as a cliché.
  • Tell students that clichés are phrases and opinions that usually express a popular thought or idea but have been overused so much that they have lost their originality and impact.
  • Have students identify the meaning of the analogy and reveal if the cliché has any real meaning for them.
  • Explain to students that in this lesson, they will understand the meaning of words and phrases that are clichés.
(10 minutes)
  • Write an example of a cliché on the board like the following: Don’t cry over spilled milk.
  • You can also use any examples from the That Old Cliché: List worksheet.
  • Have students identify the meaning of this expression (don’t be upset over things that have already happened and you cannot change).
(10 minutes)
  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the That Old Cliché: Guided Practice worksheet.
(25 minutes)
  • Using the That Old Cliché: List, have students identify ten clichés that they are familiar with.
  • Tell students that in addition to those directions, they must summarize their definition and use each cliché in a sentence.
  • Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create a product of their choice that illustrates their understanding of clichés.
  • Support: Have struggling students work with you or a partner to create a paragraph that includes clichés they know.

An interactive whiteboard can be used to display examples as students identify clichés throughout the lesson.

(5 minutes)
  • Review the basic definition of clichés.
  • Have students write their explanations and examples on a notecard or exit ticket.
(5 minutes)
  • Recap today’s lesson
  • Have students explain in their own words what they learned today.
  • Allow students to ask questions that they still have.

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