Minds On

What are idioms?

Walking on thin ice

Have you ever used an idiom to express yourself? When you use a phrase or group of words to express an idea, you may be using an idiom. This lesson is a blessing in disguise. It might feel difficult, but it will be rewarding. Time for us to bite the bullet and stop cutting corners. It is time for us to do the hard work and not skip any details. Let’s learn all about idioms!

Blessing in disguise. Bite the bullet. Cutting corners. All of these phrases were used in the previous paragraph, but they do not mean what they say literally. Phrases that mean something different than what the words mean are called idioms. Idioms help express messages in an interesting and creative way for the reader.

Brainstorm

Brainstorming

Create a list of idioms that you have heard before.

Complete the Idioms Brainstorm T-Chart in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help organize your ideas about the idioms that you have heard before. Write down the idiom on the left and its real meaning on the right.

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Idioms Brainstorm T-Chart
Idiom Meaning
Bite the bullet Get something over with because you are going to have to do it anyway.
   
   
   
   
   
   

Reflect

Access the following printable document and explore the list of Common Idioms. As you read it over, consider:

  • Which idioms on the list have you heard before?
  • Which ones are new to you?
  • Why do we use idioms?
  • How are idioms helpful in writing?

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Action

Idioms in dialogue

Write a dialogue between two characters as if it were a short play. The catch: one of the characters must use an idiom every time they speak. For this activity, you can record your ideas using speech-to-text software, paper, or a computer.

Part 1: Create a scenario

Complete the Scenario Creation graphic organizer in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to create two possible scenarios you can use. Include two characters, the setting, and the reason why they are having a dialogue. Feel free to stretch the creative part of your brain! Start by creating a list of idioms that you have heard or used before in conversation.

Press the ‘Activity’ button to access the Scenario Creation graphic organizer. 

Part 2: Write the script

Choose one scenario from Part 1 to write a full draft. Complete the Idiom Short Play Organizer in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help you create your script. Remember that one of your characters must use an idiom every time they speak.

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Title of Play
By: Your Name

Set the scene in italics here.

Describe the setting and what each character is doing.

Character 1: Write what they say here.

Character 2: Write their response.

Character 1 does an action. Include this in your script in italics.

Character 2: Speaks again!

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The End

Part 3: Revise your work

  • Read your completed script, out loud if possible. Make any changes you feel are necessary.
  • Exchange your script with a partner, peer or adult. Make changes based on the feedback that you receive.

Consolidation

Perform your play

Now that the scripts are ready, it is time to act them out!

  • Try to find others that can help you perform your script.
  • Assign character roles and practise the short conversation between the two characters.
  • If possible, share your performances.

Reflection

As you read the following descriptions, select the one that best describes your current understanding of the learning in this activity. Press the corresponding button once you have made your choice.

I feel...

Now, expand on your ideas by recording your thoughts using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.

When you review your notes on this learning activity later, reflect on whether you would select a different description based on your further review of the material in this learning activity.