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I like this lesson because it allows students to think outside of their culture and region.
A fun PowerPoint scaffolds understanding of dialect in literature. Students view a clip of a Minnesota accent from the movie "Fargo", followed by an interview with a teacher who speaks with a Boston accent and compares northern terms with southern terms.. The PowerPoint also contrasts British and American English terms.
Students then watch a clip from the book-inspired movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Students translate the dialogue from that clip into formal English on the worksheet.
This lesson teaches the power of dialect in story, exposes students to other cultures, and is downright fun and intriguing! Enjoy!