INTERPRET PROVERBS—read closely, analyze, create


Interpret a Proverb—Read Thoughtfully 

Common Core Anchor Reading Standard 1.  Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


Choose one proverb or saying.  Draw to show what it means.

For example, “Never hesitate to take time to think.”


Draw a ‘literal’ picture--a literal picture could be a picture of a person sitting in a chair.


Draw a  ‘context’ picture--show the idea—for example, “Never hesitate to take time to think” could be shown with a picture of a person stopping to make a decision—that  could be a picture of a person at a crossroads, stopping to think about which way to go.  Robert Frost, an American poet, wrote a poem about that—“The Road not Taken”. 


ANALYZE  Whistler Upper Grade Students Analyze Proverbs, then Pair and Compare

CCSS Anchor Reading Standard 2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


Group proverbs and sayings based on a theme.

Start with a theme and locate proverbs that relate to it,

or start with a list of proverbs and then sort them into themes.




Common Core Anchor Writing Standard 3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Writers communicate ideas in a story. 

Write a story or history that would help people understand the message of a proverb.



Create a calendar of inspiring ideas!


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