A dialect is a version of a language spoken by the people of a particular place, time, or social group. Dialects are usually a combination of different languages and cultures, and are also known as a patois. Linguists, or people who study language, recognize African-American English as a dialect of American English used by many African-Americans in certain settings and circumstances that originated in the south and moved north as African-Americans migrated away from lives of poverty.
Dialect in Story
Re-write the lines from the story using Standard American English
1. “This for piece o’gingham . . .”
3. “If you got to depend on your looks for what you get out’n this world. . . .”
4. “Ain’t nothing you can’t do if you got learning.”
6. “You somebody.”
7. “Well, ain’t no two a y’all in the same city. An’ everybody scratchin’ to make ends meet. . . .”
D. MAKING CONNECTIONS ACROSS GENRES
1. Read Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred.” Write a sentence or two summarizing what the poem says about people whose dreams are always deferred (if you don’t know what deferred means, look it up or talk to me).
“A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes (1951)
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
E. CHARACTER STUDY: Charley
Characterization is the act of creating or describing a character. We learn about Charley from what the narrator—his brother—tells us about him, specifically what the narrator describes Charley doing and saying. Answer the questions under each quote to show what is revealed about Charley.
“Charley’s quick fingers guiding a stick of charred kindling over a bit of scrap paper, making a wondrous picture take shape—Jamie’s face or Alberta’s rag doll or the spare figure of our bony brown dog.”
1. What was Charley’s dream?
“Inevitably each child had to leave school and bear his share of the eternal burden.”
2. Why did Charley have to give up his dream?
“Charley, on the end of the row, still somehow the protector of them all. Charley, looking as if he were in the presence of something sacred.”
3. What became Charley’s substitute dream?
E. LAST DISCUSSION QUESTION – BE READY TO CONTRIBUTE (SO TAKE NOTES)
Why doesn’t Charley succumb to desperation or explosion as expressed in “A Dream Deferred?”