Introduction and Objective
Imagine that you are sitting in a theatre, prepared to watch Edmund Spenser perform. Spenser is the most hilarious comedian of the 21st century. Everyone loves him. His shows are always sold out. You know you’re going to laugh until your sides hurt and you can’t breathe. Spenser walks out on stage, somber and serious. He starts his act:
Are you laughing yet? Or are you confused? Are you trying to figure out what in the world is happening? Are you trying to figure out what language Spenser is speaking? What’s the difference between your expectations and Spenser’s performance?
Today we’re going to talk about adapting your speech (or writing) to address task and purpose.
Today's lesson objective is:
Students will adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.
Take a moment and think about this lesson’s learning objective. What skills will you need to be …show more content…
[DOK2: Informal vs. Formal Language]
Great job! Now let’s consider task. A task can be defined as a piece of work to be done or undertaken. Understanding your task when it comes to writing or speaking will help you determine whether or not you must use formal language. For example, let’s say your teacher gives you the following assignment:
Though the letter is about The Faerie Queene, writing a letter to a friend does not require formal language. However, let’s say your teacher gives you this assignment instead:
This assignment is asking you to write an essay analyzing a piece of literature. This task will require a formal use of language.
Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between formal and informal language:
Let’s take a moment to practice recognizing the difference between formal and informal writing.