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Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?
Can we test whether lines ascribed to William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else? Science and linguistics join forces in this fantastic TED-Ed video to help us investigate the theory of whether history's greatest writer...
4 mins 6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Basic Linguistics: Fun Trivia Quiz
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,"...
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Communicative Choices & Linguistic Style
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...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Chapter 12 Writing: the ABCs of Language
Providing a thorough presentation on the art of written language (and not just English), this slideshow will open your students' eyes to the sociological and linguistic issues surrounding writing systems, both modern and historical. The...
Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Languages in Contact, Socio-spatial Diversity: Language Varieties
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....
Higher Ed English Language Arts
Exploring the Complexities of Language
An interview with Dr. Rosemary Beam de Azcona launches a study of the complexities of language and how meaning changes across languages and cultures. The investigation continues as class members view clips of the film, The Tailenders,...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing About Literature and Linguistics
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...
4th - 8th English Language Arts
New ReviewGuide scholars through the process of discovering their personal learning style. After reading two poems, learners take a multiple intelligence quiz to identify which of the eight intelligences is their preference. Pupils then design a...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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
Structure of Natural Narratives
Class pairs select a prompt from a provided list and tell (and record) their story to their partner. They then examine linguist William Labov's model for natural narratives, and apply his model to their tale. Next, class members watch...
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How Has Colonialism Led to Multilingualism in Africa
Prepare yourself for a top-notch presentation on colonialism in Africa! Discussed are the reasons for African multilingualism. Maps and a country-by-country look at various colonists that made their mark on the African continent are...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Linguistic Diversity. Languages in Canada - Elementary
Create a language mosaic to reveal the linguistic diversity in your community. Pupils interview a person with a home language other than English and contribute to a bulletin board display representing the variety of languages spoken. The...
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Analyzing the Language of Presidential Debates
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Why is There a "b" in Doubt?
Many doubt the reasoning for having a b in doubt, but do they know the whole story? Pupils can watch as a Latin word becomes the English doubt. The narrator explains the etymology of doubt, emphasizes the importance of meaning and...
3 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mystery of the Maya, part 3/4
How have linguists and archaeologists been able to decode the Mayan written language? We find that the Mayan numeric system was the first clue into Mayan language. Part three in this four-part series also touches upon Mayan astronomy and...
10 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Creative Writing: Children's Building Blocks
Your class can participate in a writing program involving four building blocks. By exploring words, sentences, writing forms, and story organization, they improve their creative writing skills throughout this year-long unit. Early in the...
6th - 8th English Language Arts