Past Language, Future Dialect

Today, the word, tweet, is more often thought of as a verb than a noun. Google stands for search just as Kleenex has supplanted tissue. As part of a study of how the English language has changed due to the technology that brings cultures and languages into closer contact, groups develop predictions for how language will change in the future.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite groups to research words whose definition has changed radically over the centuries
  • Have class members create time capsules, seal their predictions inside, and ask them to save their capsules to open in 10 years
Classroom Considerations
  • The video offers a few examples of specific words that have changed and evolved
  • The resource includes modeling and suggestions for differentiation and extensions
  • None