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English Language Arts Grade 5
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Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
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Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
 
  • How Big Are Martin's Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future
    Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor book, Coretta Scott King Honor book, and an Orbis Pictus Award winner, tells of King's childhood determination to use "big words" through biographical information and quotations. Using this book as well as other resources on Dr. King, students explore information on King's "big" words. They discuss both the literal and figurative meanings of the word "big" and how they apply to Dr. King's words. They read an excerpt from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and note the "big" words. Students then choose one of two options: (1) they write about their own "big" words and dreams in stapled or stitched books, or (2) they construct found poems using an excerpt from one of King's speeches.
  • Paint By Idioms
    Idioms add color to language. Help Salvabear Dali finish his paintings by identifying the correct expression.
  • Using a Touchstone Text
    This Teaching Channel video shows an educator using a short engaging text to anchor a series of lessons on a tough concept. (5 minutes)
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