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Bellwork for January 13, 2014. Take any handouts from the back counter. Write in your agenda. Have your AoW out and ready to turn in. Begin your Caught ’ ya! for day 16. Day 16.

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Bellwork for January 13, 2014

  • Take any handouts from the back counter.

  • Write in your agenda.

  • Have your AoW out and ready to turn in.

  • Begin your Caught’ya! for day 16.

Day 16

at the edge of the campus each wondered mutely what their new school year in the seventh grade would be like. all two soon they had reached there school

Vocabulary for Week 6

  • mutely- (adverb) silently; not speaking

Idiom or cliché?

What is an idiom?

  • An idiom is a saying that does not make literal, logical, or grammatical sense. People within the same culture understand the meaning.


    What does the idiom “What’s the buzz?” mean…

    a. Where are the bees?

    b. What’s the news?

    c. What time does the end of school bell ring?

Idiom Practice:

  • It’s raining cats and dogs is a common idiom.

    What does it mean?

  • I’m going to hit the hay is a common idiom.

    What does it mean?

  • Someone has butterflies in their stomach is a common idiom.

    What does it mean?

What is a cliché?

  • A cliché is a saying that is so common it’s no longer interesting. Many metaphors, similes, adages, and idioms are cliches.

  • Cliches should be avoided in our writing.

  • Example:

    Cool as a cumumber

    What does it mean?Why is this a cliché?

    Think of an original ending to this overused expression.

    Cool as a ___________________.

With your group…

  • List all of the idioms you can from your book.

  • Explain why an author may use idioms in his/her writing.

  • Be prepared to share with the class!

Cliche Practice:

  • I slept like a log is a cliché. What does it mean?

  • I was scared to death is a cliché. What does it mean?

  • Easy as pie is a cliché. What does it mean?

  • Red as a beet is a cliché. What does it mean?

Idiom or Cliché?

  • I’ve got a bone to pick with you.

  • That teacher is hard as nails.

  • That salesman was slick as a whistle.

  • The little girl was happy as a clam.

  • The singer’s first CD was a huge success, but critics feared he was a flash in the pan.

  • “It’s a dog’s life” is an idiom meaning “life is difficult.” Write whether you think this idiom is true and why or why not.

Idiom or cliché key

  • 1. Idiom

  • 2. Cliché

  • 3. Cliche

  • 4. Cliché

  • 5. Idiom


  • Definition: The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.

  • Why Writers Use it:  It can help connect ideas, make sentences memorable or sound musical. When overused, it can also be cloying or irritating.

Brand Names and Alliteration

Companies use this alliterative effect all the time. The major reason companies use this technique is to ensure that their brand name is memorable. Think, for example, of all of the famous and well known brands and companies that have used alliteration in their names:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts

  • PayPal

  • Best Buy

  • Coca-Cola

  • American Airlines

  • Chuckee Cheese’s

  • Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Krispy Kreme

Alliteration Examples in Romeo and Juliet, and other Shakespearean Works

  • From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life. -Prologue from Romeo and Juliet

  • “When do I count the clock that tells the time?” – Sonnet 12

    Alliteration Example in History

  • “To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves for whatever period is required…” -John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

Write any alliteration you notice in the following lines.

That’s alliteration - same sound sentence,

It’s commonsense - he’s calm with the confidence.

You'll be amazed by every phrase,

He will come correct with the wordplay.

Literal lines that block his way,

He will come correct with the wordplay.


On your post-it, write the following sentence in standard English. The idioms are in red.

I’m all thumbs at making this craft, but I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it before it becomes an albatross around my neck.

Complete the alliteration side of your worksheet– this is due tomorrow!

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