Skills for March 24, 2023
Idiom of the Day:
When Jonas made another huge mistake at work, his boss said it was the last straw.
Directions: What do you think will happen next? Explain your answer in the space below.
Literary Device: Hyperbole
A hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration, used to emphasize a feeling in writing or in speaking.
Example: I am absolutely starving to death!
Directions: What is the actual meaning of this sentence? Why did the writer decide to phrase it this way?
Identify and explain the meaning of each example of hyperbole:
a. I haven't slept in a week!
b. She cried her eyes out while watching the sad movie.
c. Joe is so hungry he could eat a horse.
d. The child had a ton of homework every night.
Listen for hyperbole during the weekend. Write down any you may hear in your notebooks.
Also, start keeping a personal dictionary in a portion of one of your notebooks. Label each page a different letter of the alphabet, and any time you hear a word that is new to you or whose meaning you are unsure of, add it to your dictionary under the correct letter. Then look up the meaning of that word, and write it down. This is a wonderful way to expand your vocabulary!
Identify the adverbs in each sentence below:
a. I will see you tomorrow.
b. Where did you go?
c. Lena danced happily on the stage.
d. I am not going.
e. You are really kind.
f. Come here!
g. Sit down carefully.
h. I think I have met you before.
You make an inference when you read a story or piece of writing (or even when you hear someone speak) and you make an assumption about what was meant.
Let's try some together!
a. Tom has a bad back ache every day. The doctor asks him how many books he usually carries in his backpack.
Why does the doctor want to know this? What can you infer about this question?
b. Steve runs out to the hardware store to buy a new shovel after hearing the weather forecast.
c. In December, Stacey's mother moved the furniture around in her living room, creating a space near the window.
d. Mrs. Davidson went to the service desk and demanded money back.
Add a clause to the sentences below.
Example: The boys played basketball.
When the weather was nice, the boys played basketball.
a. School would end in early June.
b. It was fun to go to the beach.
c. Do you know John?
d. Music is important to me.
e. Sara made some new friends.
Now add a second clause to these dependent clauses:
Example: Before I knew it
Before I knew it, the days became warmer.
a, After watching the new TV show ________________________________________________________________________
b. Before we know it, ____________________________________________________________________________________
c. When my mom had company, ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
d. If you have time, ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Finish this opening paragraph, pretending that this is something you truly believe in
Everyone should eat eggs for breakfast. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Try this one next:
Stores and businesses should be closed on Sundays so that people can spend more time with their families.
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