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5th Grade - Word Usage


Recognize and appreciate cultural and regional differences signaled by word usage and vocabulary. 0501.1.3

Links verified on 8/26/2014

  1. American Accents - Authors of this page say, "There are a whole load of American accents, each with its own distinct stereotypes." They list a large number of them on this page which would be 25 pages long if printed.
  2. Dialect Map of American English - twenty-six dialects are identified and discussed at this site
  3. Do You Speak American? - The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) has been publishing words, pronunciations and phrases from regions across the U.S. since 1985. This resource includes voice instructions for students
  4. Greetings Around the World - a few of the ways to say hello in Asia
  5. Historical and Cultural Context - Use your sleuthing skills to figure out when and where an historical event took place by examining some primary sources and using an educated guess to pinpoint them on a map and timeline
  6. International Dialects of English Archive - select a state from the list on the right side of the page and then listen to a sound file or read a text file about the featured dialect This resource includes voice instructions for students
  7. Linguistic Geography of the Mainland United States - basic observations on current American linguistic geography
  8. List of Dialects of the English Language - Wikipedia article with links to a large number of dialects
  9. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" - by Langston Hughes - gain understanding on interpreting authorís viewpoint, figurative language, historical perspective, cultural perspective A lesson plan can be found at this site
  10. North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns - eight major English dialect areas in North America are listed on the map at this site
  11. Regional Dialects in the United States - read information on where the dialect gets its base and hear examples
  12. US Regional Accents - Where do you fit in? - a map that details the boundaries of each of the major regional American dialects
  13. What American Accent Do You Have? - answer thirteen questions about how pairs of words are pronounced, or how they sound and have your accent classified
  14. Where is the Speaker From? - Click on a letter and listen to the speaker. Place the letter on the map indicating where the speaker is from This resource includes voice instructions for students

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