This Recording a Dying Langauge lesson plan also includes:
Is there value in preserving indigenous languages that are almost extinct? That's the question posed to viewers of a short film about the attempt of one Native American woman who is creating a dictionary for Wakchumni, the language of the Yokuts, a tribal group native to Central California.
- Provide groups with different sentence strips, have them create a language for the words in their sentence, and dictionary entries that provide a pronunciation guide, the part of speech, and a definition for each word
- Have groups research other languages in danger of extinction
- Preview the video to determine if the slow, reflective pace is appropriate to your learning situation
- The six-page packet includes background information about Marie Wilcox and the Wukchumni language, discussion questions, writing prompts, and links to related resources
- The slow pace of the video may prove challenging to some viewers