We are reading The Crucible in my Communication Arts class. Today I used the expression, "they have lots of skeletons in their closets." One girl--very smart, runs around 95% usually--shuddered and had a gross look on her face. Boy in the front row--also smart--looked up at me. "What's that mean?" I asked how many people knew it meant, and only about 1/2 the class did. We talked for a few minutes about what it meant. I was surprised--seems like a common phrase to me.
But now I'm wondering--this was 5th hour. How many kids in 1st and 2nd hour didn't know what the phrase meant, and really thought I meant Abigail and John Proctor had actual skeletons in their closet?