Differentiate between Formal and Informal Language

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The Pledge of Allegiance, the Gettysburg Address, the National Anthem, and the Preamble to the Constitution all get close attention in an exercise that asks learners to rewrite these formally-worded documents into informal language. After a modeled think aloud by the instructor, individuals rewrite a document as a note to a friend and then again as a blog post or a text message.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • In addition to highlighting the differences between formal and informal language, the exercise helps to develop reading comprehension skills
  • The final reflection asks individuals to consider the strengths and benefits of both formal and informal language
Cons

  • Some readers may need additional support decoding the documents
  • The subject documents, while readily available in text books and on the Internet, are not included nor linked
Common Core