Dialect Teacher Resources
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Major Regional Dialects
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect. They trace historical events that have shaped the current major regional dialects.
5th - 12th Language Arts 35 Views 177 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual dialect and Standard English.
8th Language Arts 20 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Mountain Dialect -- Reading Between the Spoken Lines
This activity is intended to follow-up or reinforce concepts learned relating to the Great Depression, antebellum period, and the turn of the twentieth century. Learners conduct research and read about North Carolina during one of the mentioned periods, paying particular attention to how people spoke during those eras.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Designed
6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry lesson plan could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar and listen to an audio recording to get a better idea of what the dialects sounds like.
6th Language Arts 50 Views 38 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 5
Building on the previous activity in this series of lesson seeds, this plan focuses on the use of dialect in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. Class members examine specific lines of text, use their reading journals to respond to the reading, watch an excerpt of the film adaptation, and rewrite an interaction between Phillip and Timothy, changing the point of view and using dialect.
6th Language Arts 7 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading a Dialect
Reading a dialect can be difficult; show readers that it can also reveal fascinating details! They read two extracts from Jane Gardam's The Hollow Land, which is written in a British dialect. Readers answer comprehension questions, comparing the dialect to American English, explaining difficulties they faced while reading, and defining unfamiliar words and phrases.
4th - 6th Language Arts 22 Views 153 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Understanding Dialect as Used by Mark Twain
A reading of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County not only offers pupils an opportunity to practice their listening skills but also provides them with examples of dialectic speech. This is the gol’derndest lesson plan ever.
5th - 8th Language Arts 25 Views 98 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Language and Dialect
Practice listening skills while studying oral story tellers from different parts of Louisiana. Consider the regional dialects and insider language of folk groups with your class. Identify language as part of folk life and recognize that folk groups share special insider terms, phrases, and dialects unique to them.
4th - 8th Language Arts 19 Views 140 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Food and Dialect
The dialect words for types of food from across the British Isles get pupils thinking about native dialects and how they differ from Standard English. Class members create a dialect dictionary and discuss the difference between accent and dialect.
5th - 8th Language Arts 7 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Transport and Dialect
Cultivating an interest in native dialects and how they differ from Standard English is an excellent introduction to the study of language. This resource looks at the dialectic words of the British Isles that are used for methods of transport.
5th - 7th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Weather and Dialect
What's the difference between an accent and a dialect? Examine the difference between the two with your scholars. In groups, they compile a dialect dictionary. They interview adults to gather information about accents and ethnic words. Then they explore poetry and discuss what dialects best fit a particular poem.
5th - 7th Language Arts 3 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Mini Beasts and Dialect
Discover the differences in dialect. Inquisitive minds read poems and discuss how words or phrases are different in standard English and other dialects. Using a dictionary, class members locate the definition of each word, find alternatives, and discuss dialect examples.
5th - 6th Language Arts 6 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Dynamic Dialect: Horace Kephart and Our Southern Highlanders
Cool, man! This is rad! Sneak a peek at this resource before you outten the lights. LOL, you Dred. As an introduction to language change, class groups brainstorm IM lingo, as well as words and phrases popular today, that might seem confusing to people living over a hundred years ago.
8th - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Language Dialects and the Film "Nell"
Students view the film "Nell" and analyze it for presentation of language pathologies and dialects. They consider the definition of dialect, research phonetic representation of dialects and observe their own communities for speech patterns.
8th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Dialect, Jargon, and Slang
Lines from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are used to illustrate the differences among dialect, jargon, and slang. The presentation could be used as part of the study of this American classic to illustrate Twain's ability to capture the sounds of these different speech forms.
11th Language Arts 6 Views 12 Downloads
Birds of a Feather, An Interdisciplinary Unit: Language Arts Wing
If a blue jay could talk, what would it say? Find out by reading Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-jay Yarn" with your class. Make sure to discuss dialect beforehand and adopt the accent while you read. Compare and contrast American English and dialect by examining quotes and filling out a Venn diagram.
7th - 8th Language Arts 9 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Lawd! Lawd! Lawd!"
From British accents to Texan drawls, a character's dialect can be an important part of the reading experience. A Six-Trait writing activity guides learners through the analysis of a character's dialect (Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, which could be part of your unit or not), and then they work on their own dialogue sentences.
7th - 10th Language Arts 6 Views 54 Downloads
Language Change in North Carolina's Cities
Take a closer look at North Carolinian dialects with pupils. They will discover how dialect in North Carolina's urban regions have changed as more people with varied backgrounds have come to live together. They discuss the provided readings and view video clips regarding the phenomenon.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Elements of Style: Literary Devices
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as figurative language, symbol, irony, and imagery (among others) are defined and examples are given.
7th - 12th Language Arts 49 Views 142 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Regional and Social Dialects
Both humorous and fascinating, dialects of the English language are a never-ending source of cultural studies in America. This presentation details characteristics and vocabulary of Eastern U.S. dialects, Southern dialects, and Western (Californian "surfer dude" dialects), as well as differences in British-American dialects and regional vocabulary.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads