Mysteries of Vernacular: Yankee

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An American? Someone from New England? Anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line? A New York baseball player? A dandy? A short video doodles around with the etymology of all an American word and how its meaning has evolved from 1601 to the present, from the Dutch work Janke to a pejorative term for all Americans in 1758, from to a label of national honor during and after the Revolutionary War in 1783, to a mocking reference to Union soldiers during the Civil War. Create your own list of words and set young etymologists off on their own voyage of discovery.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • A great way to introduce the concept of the fluid nature of language
  • The humorous tone and clever animation will engage viewers
  • Opportunity to flip the video: create your own multiple choice and/or open answer questions to check for understanding, add additional resources, or create a discussion question for an online open forum (requires free online registration)
Cons

  • None
Common Core