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What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Estimated Time||Three 40- to 50-minute sessions|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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?
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 9
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
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.
Grades 3 – 8 | Strategy Guide
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.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Carol Jago offers readers a handy guide for bringing this celebrated author’s work into the classroom, including biographical information, ideas for literature circles using Walker’s short stories, sample writing lessons using Walker’s poems, suggestions for teaching The Color Purple, and a wealth of resources for further investigation of Alice Walker and her work.