Reflection: Joy Accent + Diction = Mark Twain's Dialect - Section 4: Understanding The Frame Story: An Introduction to Jumping Frog


As "The Princess Bride" was our fall play, many students appreciated the "shout out" to their hard work this year by showing the clip from the film; additionally, as one of my own favorite films, I was able to share it with my students in an academically appropriate manner. Quite a few students said "Now I get it," or something to that effect, as we discussed the frame story's structure. 

While "The Princess Bride" is a great example, there are, of course, many other frame tales usable for modeling: many of "The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror" episodes follow a frame structure.

Additionally, I "got into" the roles of the narrator and Simon Wheeler as I read the excerpt to the students, wearing a bowler and affecting a Received Pronunciation ("Oggsford") accent and a wheezing southern accent while chewing on a toothpick for Simon. Playing the parts helped draw the students in as well. 

  As You Wish...A Reflection on "The Princess Bride's" Frame
  Joy: As You Wish...A Reflection on "The Princess Bride's" Frame
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Accent + Diction = Mark Twain's Dialect

Unit 11: Literacy: What's Your (Local) Color? Regionalism in the American Short Story
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT apply their knowledge of language and context clues to understand the wording of Mark Twain's writing.

Big Idea: "Th' wo'ds used an' th' way in which they're pronounced make up th' dialeck of a region, as enny fool kin plainly see."

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English / Language Arts, dialect (Literary Terms), author biography, Literature, Fictional Literature, mark twain, figures of speech, frame narrative, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
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