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Creating Fictional Origins of Idioms

Idioms and jargons are used everyday in our lives. We know that for our EL Learners and a lot of students in our classes, idioms and jargon can be difficult.  As a literary device, idioms are extremely effective and add to “style” of writing.  Idioms are colourful, personal and vivid.   I could describe our WWP project as an effective or as a well oiled machine.  In order to have students use and understand we need to explore idioms for all our learners.

Exploring the literal  meaning of an idioms is fun and allows students to be creative with pen and pencil, or specifically with an app (Pic Collage, Explain Everything, Drawing Box etc) .fullsizerender

Years ago, students and I watched a funny podcasts from Animal Planet called Animal Crackers.  In this podcast actors portrayed two fictional and one historical story of where specific idioms originated.


After watching one podcast an activity would be to challenge the students to create a similar type of media presentation.

  1. They could research meaning and origin of an idiom. 
  2. Create a literal and actual visual representation of idiom (as above)
  3. Create a script for two fictional origins and true origin. (Pages or Doc)
  4. Use another App to illustrate
  • Explain Everything
  • Bookcreator
  • iMovie
  • StopMotion
  • Scratch Junior

Using iMovie to “Produce” a Poem

Use this poem to create an iMovie.

The Bluebird Poem 1

or on Canada and government

I am Canadian Poem

imovieipad2 for iPads

imovie8greenscreen for Macbooks

  1.  Read the poem
  2. Chunk the poem into parts (stanzas, couplets, etc)
  3. Find images for each of the parts (google image search, search tools, usage rights) and save to device
  4. Create a new iMovie
  5. IMovie must include:
  • Titles
  • Digital stills
  • Theme music, which fits the poem
  • Sound effects
  • Audio of reading of poem, making sure to capture the mood


Using iMovie Trailers to Compare and Contrast

orangebanana2Using iMovie is a creative way for students to practice the language of Compare and Contrast.

Here is a document  with key words used in both compare and contrast.

Compare and Contrast

Use one of the Storyboards to have students compare and contrast two things.  Each text line needs to be a sentence comparing or contrasting.  The images in the storyboard will link to the text.


  • their self with a peer
  • their self with a character from a book
  • two animals
  • two countries


Using iMovie to Create Book Trailers

  1. Introduce the book and include a hook
  2. Brainstorm what to include in their book trailer, text and pictures, keeping in mind:
  • genre of book, the author
  • connections to self, text and world
  • theme: friendship, courage, coming of age, injustice, heroism, determination, being different, love, working together
  • How does the character’s actions connect him/her to this theme?

3.  Choose a iMovie trailer theme which links to the theme.

Choose a Trailer
*******Choose a Trailer*******

4.  Download the theme trailer storyboard pdf into Notability.

PDF’s from:  http://learninginhand.com/blog/2014/8/6/plan-a-better-imovie-trailer-with-these-pdfs

(our server will not let you access PDF’s on above site)

Adrenaline+Trailer      Bollywood+Trailer       Expedition+Trailer      Fairy+Tale+Trailer        Family+Trailer              Indie+Trailer                  Narrative+Trailer          Retro+Trailer                Romance+Trailer          Teen+Trailer                    Scary+Trailer                Super+Hero+Trailer    Swashbuckler+Trailer              Coming+of+Age+Trailer

5.  Begin to plan your trailer on the storyboard.

6.  Don’t give away too much, give the audience just enough

7.  The fewer words on the screen, the better.

8.  Find images for your iMovie:

  • Search internet for images using Search Tools/Usage.
  • Use camera to take your own pictures
  • Use voiceovers or small video clips