Euphemisms and Oxymora (A.K.A. Oxymorons): Fun with Figurative Languag
This 9th- 10th grade resource consists of a PowerPoint, a Lesson plan, 3 worksheets and an answer key- everything you need to teach euphemisms and oxymora, based on the Common Core Standards L.9-10.5 and L.9-10.5a.

The PowerPoint discusses euphemisms and oxymora, giving several examples and opportunities for students to participate in discussions. The class will follow along with the lesson by filling in the first two worksheets.

The class will begin with an Activating Strategy and move into a discussion on the obstacles people face while learning English and encountering euphemisms.

Students will pair up and brainstorm euphemisms and oxymora- as well as guess what the illustration on the PowerPoint represents.

Students will be challenged to answer the Essential Questions: How can I uncover the meanings of euphemism and oxymoron? AND How do I analyze the role of euphemism and oxymorons inside of a text?

Differentiated instruction is offered with extra challenges- such as providing the definition of the opposite of euphemism (dysphemism).

Students will be given a chance to review before completing an Exit Ticket.

A third optional worksheet is included for fun- or for extra differentiation, if there is a need for extra practice.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
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Created: May 19, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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