Learning a New Skill Exercise
Evolving a Topic Exercise
Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide
Student Readings from Other Sources
Teacher Readings from Other Sources
EVOLUTION OF A TOPIC
Questions to Ask Myself
My possible topic
(What experience have I had with language?)
Too broad -- list types
New Englander, New Yorker, Coloradoan
(How might I break this down
into types of dialects? What
dialects do I know?)
Still too broad -- Make selection
(Which of these interests me most? Which one do I have the most personal connection with?)
Mainiac vs. Vermontese, Bostonians
(What are the different kinds of New England accents that I can think of?)
Still too broad/Make selection
(Which one do I have the most personal connection to? Which one might be the most interesting?)
Ayuh, dropping the "R" and "ing"
(What makes up Vermontese?)
What do these indicate?
The English Influence on Vermontese
(Make historical/social connections -- source, cause/effect)
OR: How do I feel about this? What is my connection?
Proud to be a Vermonter
(Make personal connections.)
Other connections I
The Vermonter in Me vs. The Coloradoan
Where do I see a contradiction?
Why don't I feel I have an accent but others say I do?
(How does this contradict some other idea I have?)
Vermontese has been influenced by the English dialect brought over by many of the early settlers.
OR I am proud to be a Vermonter and you can tell by my Ayuh. How language reveals our culture.
OR When in Vermont I find myself using Vermontese and in Colorado I use Coloradoan -- how we adapt our language to different communities.