Lesson Plan #:AELP-VOC000
Author: Meredith Ford
School or Affiliation: Lee Vining High, CA
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops. Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 7, 8, 9
- Language Arts/Vocabulary
Students, especially young ones, often are unable to use the appropriate synonym, both in speaking and in writing. Neither are they able to recognize words as being synonyms if the words have different connotations.
This lesson will be one step in dealing with the problem of appropriate word choice in student writing and speaking. It will also help students recognize the value of appropriate word choice and see synonyms in language, especially in the language of advertising.
The student will be able to:
Activities and Procedures:
If appropriate, the words taboo, connotation, and offensive can be worked into this lesson. Students can use dictionaries or thesauruses for this assignment, but neither is necessary.
Tying It All Together:
- What is euphemism?
- How is the word pronounced?
- Give three euphemisms for fat.
- List five harsh words and a euphemism for each.
- describe a used car,
- a student with poor behavior to his mother,
- a funeral,
- or a set of clothes built for an overweight person.