WriterÕs Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan


Lesson Focus: Idioms GLCE:W.PS.05.01

Literature used (if applicable):  Chocolate Moose for Dinner


Introduction:  Today IÕm going to read a book called Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne.  This book contains idioms with illustrations that show the literal (double) meanings of idioms.  You are absolutely going to love this book.



Teaching:Does anyone know what an idiom is? You hear them all the time but you might not recognize them as something you can use to make your writing more interesting to read.  For example have you ever heard the saying, Ō ItÕs raining cats and dogsĶ?  Can you imagine the hilarious illustration you could make with the literal meaning?  What does it really mean?  It really means that it is raining really hard.


Active Involvement:  Teacher reads the book and shares both literal and true meanings.  Break the class into small groups.  Groups will brainstorm other examples of idioms and illustrate the literal meaning of two.  They are to write the true meaning below the illustrations.


Applying the Skill or Strategy:  Today, in your narrative piece I want you to incorporate at least one idiom. (Teacher will use discretion as to narrative piece.)