How Idioms Can Help With Reading

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How Idioms Can Help With Reading

One of the most significant challenges for students is reading between the lines of a story, novel, or poem.

They have to interpret symbolic language, which is like code words that an author or poet uses to convey important messages.

A great way to develop this skill is to grapple with idioms, which are expressions with meanings that are below the surface.

Idioms are commonly used so they’ll seem more accessible than, say, a metaphor from Shakespeare.

For example: “that’s the best thing since sliced bread!” and “the ball is in your court.”

Students could research origins. What does a ball and a court have to do with taking responsibility?

Also, students illustrate idioms or even create their own that might really “knock your socks off!” Idioms are like starter kits for literary devices, so, “try them on for size.”

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Dr. Craig Pohlman
Craig is a learning expert who has helped thousands of struggling students in his psychology career. He’s written extensively about learning issues, including the book How Can My Kid Succeed in School? He has three sons, so he has been up close and personal with things like cramming for tests, scrambling to finish homework, shuttling kids to sports practices, stuffing backpacks, etc. Follow him on Twitter - @DrCraigPohlman

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