Kids will learn and enjoy this comprehensive lesson on euphemisms.
Starting with the dictionary definition, the class will discuss what a euphemism is and fill out a vocabulary graphic organizer to help them understand the word on their terms. The organizer is broken into 5 sections: The term, what it's like, what it's not like, student definition, and examples.
The worksheet then breaks down the different reasons we use euphemisms with examples and give the students a simple matching exercise to reinforce what they learned on the first page.
Next, sentences are presented that utilize euphmisms and the students can decide what the speaker is really trying to say. This is a great activity to do with a partner.
Lastly, the student can have fun with the teacher and write a paragraph pretending that he/she is meeting with YOUR parents and has to break some sad news to them about your actions in class.
By the end of this worksheet, students should have a firm grasp on euphemisms, what they are, why they're used, and how to use them.
Hints: You could activate the students prior knowledge and connect to their lives by asking them if they've ever had to tell someone something difficult and had to pick words that were softer and easier for the listener to hear and accept.