Not My Idiom! Teaching idioms, figurative vs literal language worksheet/activity

A quick upload: this is a pretty straight forward worksheet to expose students to the concept that idioms are culture specific. I’ve found some idioms on a couple of websites, transferred them to a worksheet, and invited students to guess what they might mean.

I’d use this in an introductory lesson for a poetry or creative writing unit, where I’m trying to get students to understand the difference between ‘figurative’ and ‘literal’. A tip: look on Youtube for videos of kids acting out idioms literally. Lots of fun to be had. Another fun one is to get kids to act out or draw idioms, getting the class to guess a la Pictionary or Charades.

Anyway, here’s the Word doc:

See the original websites here:

Worksheet: Punctuation Crossword Puzzle Freebie

One of those ideas I had one day …

Crossword puzzle where the clues are punctuation symbols. Why? Plenty of my students frequently ask me ‘what’s an a-poss-troff?’ Includes answer key.



PDF File: PunctuationCrossword

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If you want the original DOCX file (free), visit my TeachersPayTeachers store (you’ll need a login to download it).

16 Fancy Literary Techniques explained by Disney

I took Adam Moerder’s brilliant Buzzfeed article about literary techniques explained via Disney movies and turned it into a series of simple posters. The images and text are taken directly from the blog article, bar a few vocab changes. They’re headed for my classroom wall. I highly recommend checking out the original blog: see it here


Download PDF: Language Techniques as explained by Disney

Persuasive Writing

Adjectives Worksheet

A couple of worksheets which focus on using adjectives for judgement or evaluation. Students rank adjectives according to strength in one and then colour according to negative and positive connotation on the other.

Both include a ‘Modified’ version (marked ‘M’) for students with lower ability.

2011 302 Judgement Adjectives DOC

2011 302 Judgement Adjectives PDF