A euphemism is an inoffensive word or phrase that is substituted for another word or phrase that may be considered sad, offensive, hurtful, or shocking. Usually we use euphemisms when we talk about death, bodily functions, or death.
This worksheet is aimed for use with 7th grade, but can also be used with 6th or 8th grade. It consists of the definition of a euphemism, an example of a euphemism and its literal meaning, and 12 sentences using common euphemisms encountered in literature and real-life. (There are no euphemisms dealing with sexual references or sexual activity on this worksheet, though one deals with using the word ‘expecting’ for ‘pregnant’). Two forms of the worksheet are included: one with lines for giving responses on the paper and one for use with notebook paper. An answer key is provided which models the answer in a full sentence; very useful for when going over answers with students on a projection board or Smartboard. Also, I’ve incorporated ten 7th grade vocabulary words (SAT vocabulary words from www.vocabtests.com ) which are italicized on the answer key.
Some of the Common Core standards covered are:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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Worksheet created by Jane Maitski.
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