2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

The Write Way to Teach Grammar?: Integrating Grammar Instruction in Writing Every Day
Claire M. Mahoney♦
Dr. Barbara Price, Dr. Rebecca Dierking, and Dr. Joseph Benevento, Faculty Mentors

If students are to understand instruction in grammar and implement what they have learned in future practices, it is important for their lessons to be contextualized and grounded in real work and writing, showing them how their work can grow and develop. In this study, freshmen in an urban high school did free writes at the start of every class period and also learned a grammar mini-lesson. The study examines the effect of practicing writing every day along with learning basic grammar lessons starting with prepositions and building through other parts of speech such as subjects, verb phrases, and direct objects in a single semester. The data collected, including the students work throughout the semester, and also some students opinions, shows the extent to which the students writing developed over the course of the semester.

Keywords: teaching, instruction, grammar, writing

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 308-2
Location: VH 1212
Time: 1:15

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