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Idioms with Carmella Van Vleet

Today I’m excited for you to meet my critique partner, Carmella Van Vleet! She’s the author of numerous books, including her most recently released, Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Star. She’s also the winner of the prestigious Christopher Award and her books have been gathering on numerous state lists. She’s pretty incredible, isn’t she?

Today Carmella’s sharing tips on how to write Idioms with us!


One of the chapters in Carmella’s Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Star is called “Between a Rock and a Megan Place.” This is a twist on the idiom “between a rock and a hard place.” Idioms are familiar phrases that mean something very different than what the words say. They are phrases that have a figurative (rather than literal) meaning.

For example:

Down to the wire – at the last minute Piece of cake – something is easy Get cold feet – be nervous Let the cat of the bag – spill a secret

After discussing what they are, collect idioms you come across in the book or elsewhere. Display them on a bulletin board or on a master list. Or illustrate idioms and publish them in a class book.

Want the full teacher guide for Eliza Bing is (Not) a Star? You can get your free copy here. Be sure to follow Carmella on Twitter here:
@carvanvleet, Instagram here and find her on Facebook here.

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