Do you ever pay attention to some of the expressions we use? There are things we say that really don’t make much sense. I don’t realize how confusing they can be until I try to teach them to my students.
This week we were discussing expressions and the students were each given a sentence strip with one on them. They were supposed to read it … try to explain what they thought it meant to the class … and then write a short story using it correctly.
I would love to hear how you would explain some of these:
“They gave it a try at any rate.”
“He bought the car to the tune of one hundred dollars.”
These were two of the hardest ones. I know what they mean, but try explaining them to some 12-14 year old kids that think a “senior citizen” is when you go to the movie by yourself.
I found that out when I was trying to explain what a “rate” is. I mentioned movie tickets and how they are different prices for different people. For example, children and senior citizens are usually a different price than a regular ticket. A boy on the front row said, “Miss, what’s a senior citizen? When you go by yourself?”
I realized then that if I’m having to explain what these expressions mean … they probably aren’t going to use them much anyway, so what’s the point?! From now on, I’ll probably be skipping that section of our textbook.