Monday, September 04, 2006

Ain't and whatnot

I just discovered I have to teach a lesson on Appalachian dialect to the fifth graders (I team teach their reading block) next week. For those of you who don't know me, I consider myself an ethnic Appalachian. It's a pretty strong part of my identity. Anyway, the students are reading Bridge to Terabithia and the lesson on Appalachian dialect is to illustrate language variation in novels to support setting. The model lessons suggest bringing in some bluegrass and showing pictures of Virginia and West Virginia. I wonder how the kids will react when I tell them it's where I'm from. I think I'll use the Library of Congress interviews so the kids can hear the language spoken.

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