Local Color and Dialect
Updated: 3/29/2019
Local Color and Dialect
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Blues Ain't No Mockingbird by Toni Cade Bambara

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

“Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” by Toni Cade Bambara is a short story about the narrator and her family's life in the deep south. The family must deal with many changes that arise after two men with cameras invade their privacy to make a documentary. This story uses rich language and themes to help the reader imagine what life was truly like for the narrator and Cathy during this difficult time.

Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird

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  • Local color includes distinctive characteristics of a place or time period. Vivid images, as represented in literature or as observed in reality, create specific characteristic traits for a region.
  • Dialect is the specific language used by people of a certain area, class, or cultural group. The term denotes the particular use of spelling, sounds, grammar, and pronunciation which is uncommon to other groups. It is a very powerful tool for enhancing characterization.
  • "When I go to Dunkin', I usually get a regulah coffee with cream and sugah.
  • If you come to Baston, you gottah get the lazy man's Lobstah!
  • You can take the T right to the Pahk! Don't forget to stop and get some dogs and sausages!

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