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Southern Fried Sentences

Traci Damron


You can't deep-fry your students, but you can immerse them in the process of creating properly written sentences! Take a fun stab at extreme Southern dialects by having students read aloud and correct improper sentences. Get ready to laugh!


The student proofreads writing to correct convention errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation, using dictionaries, handbooks, and other resources, including teacher or peers, as appropriate.

The student identifies patterns and rules found in the English language (for example, grammar usage, word pronunciation).


-Chalk (colored and white)
-Pencils or pens
-List of Southern Fried Sentences and Answer Key (See Associated File)


1. Gather materials listed above.
2. Download and print sample Southern Fried Sentences and Answer Key. (See Associated File)
3. Write 15 Southern Fried Sentences on chalkboard.


1. Write 15 improper Southern Fried Sentences on the chalkboard before class begins (taken from provided list or you may create your own – preferably using extreme Southern dialects/colloquialisms complete with improper mechanics, grammar, and usage). You may want to draw and color (in chalk) a big breakfast platter beside the title “Southern Fried Sentences” to catch the students’ attention.

2. Call your class to attention.

3. Choose volunteers to read aloud a given sentence exactly as it is written on the board (this usually ends up being very funny and keeps the students engaged).

4. Have the students then write the given sentence on their paper as it is on the board and underline any mechanical, grammatical, and usage errors they may find. They should skip the next couple of lines on their paper to be able to go back and write the sentence properly.

5. Repeat this process for each sentence until finished, with students again only underlining mechanical, grammatical, and usage errors on their papers of the copied sentences. No corrections should yet be made.

6. Divide the students into partners for comparative discussion of the errors they found and to formulate their ideas for necessary editing.

7. Circulate among students to answer any questions.

8. Direct students after 5-10 minutes of working in pairs to correct each sentence in the lines they left blank on their papers.

9. Invite volunteers to the board to write their corrected sentence for each.

10. Discuss these results (and their acceptable variations) with the class. Students should take this time to also correct any errors they may still have on their papers.

11. Collect classroom work for assessment.


Proofread and corrected sentences on students' papers should be free of grammatical, usage, and mechanical errors.
(See Answer Key in Associated File)
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