Adages: Teaching Figurative Language Task Cards

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I loved using this as a group activity. Adages are hard, but this made it fun and engaging for students.


Need to teach about adages and figurative language as a part of your ELA curriculum? Struggling to find a fun yet effective way to do it? Check out these task cards--all geared toward helping students recognize and understand adages.

What is an adage? An adage is a form of figurative language that consists of a short phrase or proverb that teaches a life lesson or speaks a general “truth”. It is a saying that has been passed down over time and is generally recognizable in meaning.

Students who have not been exposed to this type of language at home or school may not understand when they come across adages in their daily lives or in their reading. This resource is a fun way to expose them to 32 of these common sayings.

Students can sort, discuss, and write about adages as they learn them...and the materials to create a bulletin board are even included! Full directions and suggestions are included so your lesson plans are essentially ready for you! The adage "sorting cards" come in full color AND black and white and the suggestions for use include full-color photos to help you see the resource in action.

This product is tied to the CCSS and other sets of rigorous literacy standards. Make sure to check out the preview to see what you get and how you can use this with your students!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).


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