⁣Lesson Plan: St. Louis, Missouri vs. Southern Missouri Accent

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⁣Lesson Plan: St. Louis, Missouri vs. Southern Missouri Accent

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject: Social Studies and Language Arts

Duration: 45 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

- Students will compare and contrast the St. Louis, Missouri accent and the Southern Missouri accent.
- Students will analyze information from various sources to develop an understanding of regional accents.
- Students will engage in a collaborative discussion to share their findings and insights.
- Students will practice using proper language conventions when discussing and presenting their findings.

- Access to online resources (audio/video clips, articles, etc.) comparing St. Louis and Southern Missouri accents
- Chart paper or whiteboard
- Writing utensils


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of regional accents and how they can vary within a state or country.
- Display a map of Missouri and point out the locations of St. Louis and Southern Missouri.
- Ask students if they have ever noticed or heard differences in accents among people from different regions.

2. Research and Analysis (20 minutes):
- Provide students with access to online resources that compare and discuss the St. Louis and Southern Missouri accents.
- Instruct students to analyze the information and take notes on the key differences they find.
- Encourage students to consider factors such as pronunciation, vocabulary, and speech patterns.

3. Small Group Discussion (10 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of the accents to focus on (e.g., pronunciation, vocabulary).
- Have groups discuss their findings and compile a list of differences related to their assigned aspect.
- Encourage students to support their observations with examples from the research.

4. Whole-Class Discussion (10 minutes):
- Bring the groups back together for a whole-class discussion.
- Ask each group to share their findings, focusing on one aspect at a time.
- Facilitate a respectful and inclusive discussion where students can build on each other's ideas and express their own opinions.

5. Language Conventions (5 minutes):
- Remind students to use proper language conventions when discussing and presenting their findings.
- Emphasize the importance of clear and effective communication, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.

6. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Summarize the main differences between the St. Louis and Southern Missouri accents discussed in class.
- Discuss the influence of regional accents on language and culture.
- Encourage students to be open-minded and respectful of different accents they may encounter in their lives.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

I love hearing accents in other people’s voices, so when I saw that Jenny at Jennifer G Family and Karissa from Karissa Shaylynn made an accent tag video, I had to jump on board. I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life, but it’s important to know that I was born in Southern Missouri and lived there until age 13, and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri and have lived in the St Louis surrounding areas ever since. I definitely notice that I’ve gained a St Louis accent since moving here, but tell me what you think! #accenttag #missouriaccent #stlouisaccentFeel free to join the fun!! If you make an accent tag video, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the description box!Jennifer G Family (Wisconsin accent): https://youtu.be/J8uMCpNwdSQKarissa Shaylynn (California accent): https://youtu.be/OlZjcuZLj8MUs Never Them (Texas/Brooklyn accent): https://youtu.be/7SaHOBWS4mQAccent Tag questions:1) What is your name and username?2) Where are you from?3) Accent tag word list (say each of these): aunt, roof, envelope, route, theater, caught, salmon, caramel, fire, coupon, Tumblr, pecan, both, again, probably, GPOY, lawyer, water, mayonnaise, pajamas, iron, naturally, aluminum, GIF, New Orleans, Cracker Jack, doorknob, Alabama, pajamas4) What is it called when someone throws toilet paper on the house?5) What is that bubbly, carbonated drink called?6) What term do you use for gym shoes?7) What do you call your grandparents?8) What do you call the thing with wheels used to carry groceries in the supermarket?9) Be a wizard or a vampire?10) What do you use to change channels on the TV?11) Choose any book and read a random passage.12) Do you personally think you have an accent?13) Say any 3 words that come to your mind.Thanks for watching!!? LauraLet's be friends! http://www.instagram.com/small....stuffbigfamilyBlende family + co-parenting resources:http://www.smallstuffbigfamily.com

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