Reflection: Lesson Planning The Whipping Boy - Formal vs. Informal Language - Section 4: The Whipping Boy - Formal vs. Informal


I have used "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman in my fourth grade class for many years now. I have never thought to use it to teach formal and informal language until the introduction of the CCSS.  This is a new standard for our state.  I couldn't believe what a perfect fit this novel is for teaching this standard.  There are examples of both formal and informal language throughout the entire book.  When I reread chapters three and four to the class, we talked about not only the examples of formal and informal language, but why each of the characters would be using that type of language.  This novel is a perfect fit for this standard!

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The Whipping Boy - Formal vs. Informal Language

Unit 14: The Whipping Boy
Lesson 15 of 18

Objective: SWBAT differentiate between contexts that call for formal English and situations where informal discourse is appropriate. Students will also identify examples of formal and informal dialogue within text.

Big Idea: Students will learn to differentiate between formal and informal language. They will identify situations where each are appropriate as well as identify examples of each within text.

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