TEXAS LANGUAGE ARTS Idioms, Adages, Similes, and Metaphors Elementary Workbook: 101 Skill-Building Practice Exercises for Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5

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9781493736812: TEXAS LANGUAGE ARTS Idioms, Adages, Similes, and Metaphors Elementary Workbook: 101 Skill-Building Practice Exercises for Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5
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This book has been created to provided targeted practice exercises for the two language skills most requested by teachers and most troublesome for many students. These are understanding similes and metaphors, and recognizing and explaining the meaning of idioms and adages.

The student will focus on these key language skills by completing sets of focused exercises that increase from easy, to moderate, and then to advanced. This leveled and focused approach will introduce students at a comfortable level and then build on the skills so that students reach and then exceed grade level expectations.

Develops 10+ TEKS Language Arts Skills
- produces a thorough understanding of idioms
- provides practice recognizing the meaning of common phrases
- encourages students to understand and relate to adages
- helps students identify and analyze the use of sensory language
- develops the ability to understand and use similes and metaphors
- introduces exaggeration and hyperbole
- teaches students to use context to determine meaning
- helps students understand the literal and nonliteral meanings of words
- increases vocabulary and enhances knowledge of word meanings
- develops writing skills including persuasive, descriptive, and narrative writing
- enhances reading comprehension skills

Key Features
- 101 exercises focused on figurative language and sayings
- includes exercises covering idioms, common phrases, adages, similes, metaphors, and hyperbole
- 10 complete sets of exercises organized into easy, moderate, and advanced
- vocabulary, reading level, and difficulty increase through the sets
- each set includes a variety of tasks that allow students to develop and then apply new skills
- includes a complete answer key

STAAR Test Prep

While the aim of this book is mainly to develop and enhance language skills, the skills learned will also improve performance on the STAAR Reading test and the STAAR Writing test.

The STAAR Reading test includes questions on vocabulary and on sensory language, including similes and metaphors. The strong understanding developed from this book will improve student performance on these questions, as well as increase general reading comprehension skills.

The STAAR Writing test includes two composition sections. The language skills developed in this book will encourage stronger word choices, allow students to convey ideas more precisely, produce more engaging writing, and help students produce writing that demonstrates a more advanced level of vocabulary and writing skill. These improvements will increase the scores received for the compositions. The stronger understanding of words and language will also improve student performance on the revision and editing sections of the STAAR Writing test.

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