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What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

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What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

Grades 9 – 12
Estimated Time Three 40- to 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Chantrise D. Sims

Decatur, Georgia

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Dialect Detectives: Exploring Dialect in Great Expectations

Great Expectations is rich in dialogue and in the dialect of the working class and the poor of Victorian England. What does Dickens reveal about his characters using dialect?

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9

Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.

After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9

Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.

Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Making Connections

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.

 

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