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Start by watching a video entitled Do You Speak American? and respond to discussion questions about the various dialects showcased throughout the video to identify the regional linguistic styles throughout America. As a culminating activity, they complete a journal, portfolio, or writing assignment.
Models of and directions for how to write 20 different types of poems are featured in an NCTE resource. The introduction to each form highlights the embedded concepts. For example, tongue twisters encourage poets to use alliteration and assonance while the diamond poem format emphasizes parallelism. Resource lists and poetry websites links are included.
Investigate the importance of author's point of view. Young linguists study primary source documents related to the Treaty of Casco Bay. The first source is authored by the Native American Chiefs, the second by an English Commander-in-Chief, and the third is the treaty itself. Groups study the documents, fill out an Understanding Points of View worksheet that focuses, in part, on the inflammatory language in some of the documents, and discuss their findings with the class.
Meta-cognition can transform learning. If your syllabus includes linguistics to enhance learners' comprehension and expression in English, here is an interactive online quiz to assess what they have learned. Titled "Basic Linguistics," the resource spans a considerable range of linguistic vocabulary and concepts, from syntax and morphology to cultural and socio-linguistics. Some items are slightly vague; pre-screen for relevance.
Spend some time considering the functions and types of language such as vernacular, standard, and pidgin. This lengthy presentation would benefit a college-level linguistics course with its accurate descriptions and plenty of examples. Linguistic characteristics and the development of language is also covered, helping explain the purpose and flexibility of language.
An excellent presentation on styles of writing awaits your young writers. They are coached on all sorts of writing tasks; creating thesis statements, supporting those statements, word choice, and finding sources. Some terrific websites are embedded in the PowerPoint which lead writers to further sources of guidance. Fabulous!