A malaprop is a mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect. The term came from the eighteenth-century play The Rivals by Richard Sheridan. Throughout the play, Mrs. Malaprop purposely made blunders by mixing up similar sounding words for humor. From this came the new words: Malaprop and malapropism.
Over time the definition of Malaprop has been refined. A Malaprop must contain three features:Continue Reading
Have your students ever asked you about the meanings of mythical allusions such as these?
Resisting chocolate is my Achilles heel.
Cupid strikes again.
Money brings us happiness but sometimes it is a Pandora’s Box.
All his shops are extremely profitable. He has the Midas touch.
Is his plan a Trojan horse that will end the good life?
The Common Core State Standards states fourth graders need to be able to “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).”Continue Reading
Have you ever wondered if you should write apart or a part? How about anyone or any one? English contains so many confusing words. Often students wonder if they should use one word or two. These free activities provide practice with six sets of confusing word pairs using Google Apps.
One Word or Two
Apart vs. A Part
apart – adverb meaning separated by distance or besides paired with fromContinue Reading
Christopher Booker’s book The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories outlines seven plots. One of these seven is ‘Rebirth.’In the beginning of the ‘Rebirth’ plot, a hero falls under a shadow of dark power. This may be caused by an outside source such as imprisonment, kidnapping, magic spells, illness, and so on. It may also be caused by a character flaw such as greed or addiction. Over the course of the story, the character changes. He redeems himself in the eyes of others.