Shortened Forms
Language Arts Review the meaning of abbreviation, provide examples. Create an activity sheet that contains a column of words that are often abbreviated (e.g., Doctor, Street, Thursday, Mister, February, etc.). Make another column that contains in random order the abbreviations for the given words. Give each student a copy of the activity sheet. Have them draw a line from each word to its abbreviation. Then on the chalkboard, list sentences using the words (e.g., Mister Smith had supper with Doctor Hall.). Then have your students copy each sentence and substitute the abbreviation for each underlined word.

How to Use Abbreviations
Here is a look at the rules of use for abbreviations. It also teaches the difference between an abbreviation and a contraction and how students can use abbreviations correctly.

OMG!!! Exploring Slang
In this lesson, students consider the slang words they use daily and the role slang plays in our culture. Then, they explore the etymologies of these and other slang words and display their findings in a visually interesting way, as well as compile a class dictionary.

Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
This lesson explores the language of electronic messages and how it affects other writing. Furthermore, it explores the freedom and creativity for using Internet abbreviations for specific purposes and examines the importance of a more formal style of writing based on audience.

Text messaging
Students look at the differences between standard and non-standard English and use text-speak to rewrite a plot summary and a news story.

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