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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 [...]
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