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“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. Mark Twain. Guiding Questions. What place does Mark Twain have in the history of American literary humor? How does "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" draw from earlier works of American humor in both form and content?.

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guiding questions
GuidingQuestions
  • What place does Mark Twain have in the history of American literary humor?
  • How does "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" draw from earlier works of American humor in both form and content?
literary terms
Literary Terms
  • situational irony
    • Situational irony exists when the outcome of a set of actions is the opposite of what is intended or when actions are humorously inconsistent with the situation. Watch for situational irony in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
  • frame story
    • In a frame story, two plots exist. The outer story establishes a situation that leads to the plot of the inner story. When the inner story’s plot is resolved, the outer story resumes. The two stories provide support or contrast to one another. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” uses the frame story technique. Does the outer story support or contrast with the inner one?
literary terms1
Literary Terms
  • Regionalism/ local color
    • Regionalisms are descriptions of setting, dialect, or character actions that indicate a specific location for a story. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is set in a California gold rush mining town. Watch for regionalisms that support that setting.
  • Vernacular/ Dialect
    • the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region
  • Colloquialism
    • a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation
vernacular quiz
Vernacular Quiz
  • Define these terms:
    • Spigot
    • Davenport
    • Grinder
    • Catty corner
    • Pop
    • Billfold
    • Directly
    • Fix
    • Yonder
    • Potlatch
    • Spendy
appalachian dialect
Appalachian Dialect
  • Afeared
  • Ary
  • Cat-head
  • Counterpane
  • Cove
  • Dope
  • Haint
  • Holler
  • Nary
  • Lay out
  • Piece
  • Poke
  • Right Smart
  • Slap
  • Tote
scavenger hunt
Scavenger Hunt

With a partner find . . .

  • 2 similes
  • 1 metaphor
  • 2 allusion examples
  • Regional Dialect (1 of each)
    • Misspelling
    • Grammatical Errors
    • Inventive Punctuation
    • Loose sentence structure
    • Colloquial Phrase

LABEL EACH WITH HEADINGS FROM LIST ON LEFT

simile
Simile
  • “he was a different dog, his underjaw’d began to stick out like the fo’castle of a steamboat,…”
  • “…and his teeth would uncover , and shine savage like the furnaces.”
  • “you’d see that frog whirling in the air like a doughnut…”
  • “…if he got a good start, and come down flat-footed and all right, like a cat,…”
  • “…he’d spring straight up . . . And flop down on the floor again as solid as a gob of mud”
metaphor
Metaphor
  • Well, Smiley kept the beast in a little lattice box…”
allusions
Allusions
  • Andrew Jackson
    • 7th president, war hero,known for his determination and strong will,
    • a strong believer in democracy and the rights of the “common” people
  • Daniel Webster

-a senator who supported the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 that

required federal officials to recapture and return runaway slaves.

Possible point ---- a common, uneducated frog wins against an educated frog with a great name- Dan'l Webster

regional dialect misspellings
Regional Dialect -Misspellings
  • cal’klated
  • edercate
  • foller
  • curiosest
  • solittry
regional dialect grammatical mistakes
Regional Dialect -Grammatical Mistakes
  • “…because he hadn’t no opportunities to speak of,…”
  • “… the asthma, or the distemper, or the consumption…”
  • “…and his teeth would uncover, and shine savage like the furnaces.”
regional dialect inventive punctuation
Regional Dialect - Inventive Punctuation
  • cal’klated
  • thish-yer
  • m-o-r-e
  • feller’d
  • reg'lar
regional dialect loose sentence structure
Regional Dialect –Loose sentence structure

“Why, I've seen him set Dan'l Webster down here on this floor Dan'l Webster was the name of the frog and sing out, "Flies, Dan'l, flies!" and quicker'n you could wink, he'd spring straight up, and snake a fly off'n the counter there, and flop down on the floor again as solid as a gob of mud, and fall to scratching the side of his head with his hind foot as indifferent as if he hadn't no idea he'd been doin' any more'n any frog might do.”

regional dialect colloquial or conversation phrases
Regional Dialect –Colloquial or Conversation phrases
  • “…but only jest grip and hang on till they thronged up the sponge, if it was a year.”
  • “Smiley always come out winner on that pup,…”
  • “And when it come to fair and square jumping on a dead level,”
  • “Jumping on a dead level was his strong suit”
  • “. . .but always at the fag-end of the race she'd get excited and desperate- like…”