That Old ClichÃ©
Students will understand the origins and meaning of certain clichÃ©s.
- As an introduction to this lesson, use sticky notes to post the following prompt (clichÃ©): 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: âpain and misery get easier as time passes by.â
- Tell students that the prompt is a figure of speech known as a clichÃ©.
- Tell students that ClichÃ©sAre 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 clichÃ© has any real meaning for them.
- Explain to students that in this lesson, they will understand the meaning of words and phrases that are clichÃ©s.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Write an example of a clichÃ© on the board like the following: Donât cry over spilled milk.
- You can also use any examples from the That Old ClichÃ©: List worksheet.
- Have students identify the meaning of this expression (donât be upset over things that have already happened and you cannot change).
Guided practise(10 minutes)
- Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the That Old ClichÃ©: Guided practise worksheet.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Using the That Old ClichÃ©: List, have students identify ten clichÃ©s that they are familiar with.
- Tell students that in addition to those directions, they must summarize their definition and use each clichÃ© in a sentence.
- Enrichment:Allow advanced students to create a product of their choice that illustrates their understanding of clichÃ©s.
- Support:Have struggling students work with you or a partner to create a paragraph that includes clichÃ©s they know.
An interactive whiteboard can be used to display examples as students identify clichÃ©s throughout the lesson.
- Review the basic definition of clichÃ©s.
- Have students write their explanations and examples on a notecard or exit ticket.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Recap todayâs lesson
- Have students explain in their own words what they learned today.
- Allow students to ask questions that they still have.