Election Cliches - free activity sheets in which students define common cliches used by candidates and journalists in an election campaign. Students also revise sentences with these cliches and write an election-style passage using several of these common expressions in this two-page activity.
For the main part of the activity, students are given a statement that might have been made by either a candidate or a journalist containing a common election season cliche. The students respond by explaining the meaning of the cliche in their own words and then by rewriting the sentence using more creative word choices.
For the final section of the activity, students are asked to think of themselves as either a candidate, a journalist, or a citizen campaigner and then to write a passage using several common election year cliches.
A few of the cliches addressed in this activity are:
- the base
- a perfect storm
- swing voters
The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes and directions already in place for student use.
Understanding cliches supports the common core language arts goals of using knowledge of language and its conventions and understanding idioms and word nuances. Rewriting sentences with cliches supports the goal of revising as part of the writing process.
This activity would pair well with a current events, patriotic, or citizenship-themed reading or a social studies or civics lesson. Or use it with figurative language lessons on similes and metaphors.
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