Lessons and Worksheets:Cultural Identity: Language, Religion, Ethnicity, Gender

LESSON PLAN: Dialect Surveys of the United States

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, isogloss, dialect, accent, regional dialect, thematic maps Time: 50 minutes Purpose: To make a visual connection/understanding of isoglosses within the United States and see regional variations in the English language. Materials: Computer lab or iPads/Android devices, notebook, blank political map of U.S. Procedure: 1) Discuss/Lecture on isoglosses, dialect, accent (preferably after discussing the language tree). 2)Ask students if they have examples of friends or family who say words differently then what they do. 3) Pick 5-10 words/phrases from the Dialect Survey site and ask them to write down (phonetically) how they would say it, or the word that they would use to describe it. 4) Have the students partner up and verbalize their phonetic words/terms. 5) Debrief pair-share. 6) Have the student look at the Dialect Survey website and investigate three words/terms that they find most interesting. Tell them to write down where the general isogloss can be found on a [...]

LESSON PLAN: My Life as a Refugee

June 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

A choose-your-own-adventure for the topic of refugees. Topics: Population and Migration, Refugees, Push Factors, Supranational Organizations, NGOs TIme: 50 minutes Materials: My Life as a Refugee app for iPad/iPhone/Android Purpose: To have the students see what difficult decisions that refugees must make. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: What is a refugee? Discuss push factors. Where are the World’s largest refugee populations in each region of the World and why. 2) Have the students download the My Life as a Refugee app. 3) Have the students write down the decisions that their character made along their refugee path. 4) Debrief as a class: What were the different decisions that your refugee made? Which do you think were the most life-threatening. [...]
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