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Orthography in Linguistics Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about orthography in linguistics with this helpful lesson plan. Your students will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in two helpful, hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Define the term 'orthography' as it relates to linguistics
  • Differentiate between alphabetic, logographic, and syllabic orthographies
  • Explain how punctuation and other elements affect orthographies

Length

1-1.5 Hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Alphabetic orthography
  • Cuneiform
  • Languages
  • Logographic orthography
  • Phoneme
  • Syllabic orthography

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

Instructions

  • Inform your students they will be studying orthography in linguistics.
  • Ask if anyone is familiar with this subject and have them discuss it.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson, Orthography in Linguistics: Definition & Examples.
  • Read the introduction and the first section, 'Spoken Versus Written Languages.'
    • What are three reasons languages are important?
    • What is a spoken language?
    • What are three traits of a spoken language?
    • What is a written language?
    • Can a written language completely represent a spoken language? Why or why not?
  • Next read the section 'Orthographies and Alphabets.'
    • What is an orthography?
    • What is a logographic orthography?
    • What are three examples of logograms?
    • What is an advantage and a disadvantage of logograms?
    • What is a syllabic orthography?
    • What is an example of a syllabic orthography?
    • What is an alphabetic orthography?
    • Is English an alphabetic orthography?
    • What is a phoneme?
  • Now read the section 'Other Elements of an Orthography.'
    • What does punctuation help us to do?
    • For what is capitalization used?
    • What do stylistic choices show? What are two examples?
    • What does the spacing between words show us?
  • Lastly, read the 'Lesson Summary' section, recap the text lesson completely, and answer any questions your students may have.
  • Allow your students to take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their understanding.

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