Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Literary Devices - Idioms

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explain the meaning of common idioms.

Know Before You Start: Students should have exposure to idioms before starting this lesson. Adapt this lesson for any literary device that your class is currently working on.


  • Display examples of idioms such as the one in the sample comic.

  • Explain that the term idiom relates to a word or phrase that means something different from its literal meaning.


  • Have students select an idiom and create a comic demonstrating knowledge of its meaning.


  • Have students share their comic with a partner or the group.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs.

  • Provide sentence stems for students to use in their writing.

  • Provide the opportunity to role play the comics.

  • Provide definitions with idioms.

  • Create a list of common idioms to display.


Suggested Story Starters: