Regional Realism

How did writers capture and express the distinct voices of their characters in nineteenth-century texts? Individuals explore regional dialect in American literature. They watch a video, engage in discussion, read author biographies, write journals and poetry, draw, and create a multimedia presentation, with the option of completing a problem-based learning assignment. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show one of the film adaptations of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and have pupils compare it to the novel 
  • Assign small groups to discuss dialects they are familiar with in their towns, regions, and countries
Classroom Considerations

  • Print the timeline and author biographies for students in advance
Pros

  • Provides overview questions, learning objectives, and instructor and student overviews
  • Discussion questions are thought-provoking
  • Activities are engaging and allow for differentiation 
Cons

  • None