Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles

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Your high schoolers are probably versed in two languages: formal language, and informal conversation. Help them identify the correct language style for their audience and context with a thorough instructional activity and examples of different speech styles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson before a unit on speaking in front of an audience, or when planning a presentation
  • A good way to encourage learners to focus on their audience when writing
  • Assign the extended activities, including videos and worksheets, as homework for your class to view before your instruction
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the informal phrases may be a little dated by the time you use them
Pros

  • Provides links to helpful videos, auxiliary resources, important worksheets, and related lessons, including a lesson about language in electronic messages
  • Prompts critical thinking and the importance of author's voice in speaking and writing
Cons

  • None