Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Lesson overview

In this ESL lesson plan, the student will learn what hyperbole is and how to use hyperbolic expressions in everyday communication.


Warm-up questions

The lesson starts with a discussion about trying new things and an introduction to hyperbole.



The student learns about hyperbole by answering multiple-choice questions about its use and purpose. Then, they match halves of sentences to get hyperbole examples and contexts. They also place the sentences containing hyperbole in the correct order to create a paragraph.


Reading: Fredhällsbadet

In the reading section, the student learns about a beach in Stockholm and tries to identify hyperboles in the text (flock the beaches, soak up the sun, etc.).


Reading: Best time to go

The student reads about Cape Town in South Africa and about what’s the best time to visit it. Then, they answer reading comprehension questions.


Hyperbole: practice

The student tries to create hyperbolic sentences for five statements (e.g. It’s very hot, The food tastes nice, etc.). After that, they match hyperbolic expressions with the pictures.

The student then decides whether the sentence examples are hyperbolic or not. They also fill in the missing words to complete hyperbolic sentences (e.g. splitting headache, have the crowd in stitches, have tons of fun, etc.).


Video: The science of spice

After watching the video The science of spiciness, the student identifies hyperbole in the video, shares their experience with spicy foods, and answers questions based on the video.



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