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    • 14 Chapter 2 Literature Review Introduction This review will examine the lengthy debate about how to teach English grammar to secondary students in order to improve their writing skills. It will also examine the process through which the teaching...
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    • 14 Even though there are problems with the current standardized testing program, other problems would likely surface without the use of them. Some of the possible consequences of eliminating standardized testing would be that high schools would...
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    • 15 need to be developed so that they provide new ways to assess the non-cognitive skills that students need to succeed in college and in the workplace. Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) proposes that a growth-based evaluation be included into...
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    • 15 With regard to reading, basic oral English language vocabulary is not enough to help ELLs succeed academically. They may read and speak fluently but if they do not have the breadth and depth of the vocabulary, they struggle. They need to see...
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    • 17 can help educators guide instruction for all of the students in their charge. Assessments should be useful, meaningful, informative, and educative. They must capture and communicate judgments about student work and show students how to be better...
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    • 17 Evidence showed, if an adolescent has a positive experience or perceived positive experience and/or they participate in a competitive sport, they are more likely to stay physically fit when they are older. This leads to the belief that...
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    • 17 was available to define grammar’s purpose. It was not until the twentieth century that linguists and teachers really started diving into the realm of research to discover how the English language’s structure should work most effectively. The...
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    • 21 Kolln and Hancock’s (2005) argument against the anti-grammar movement maintains that as the free-writing trend took off, linguists such as W. Nelson Francis, Harold B. Allen and Noam Chomsky were researching English grammar and discovering...
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    • 21 The participants of this study fell into two categories: parents and teachers. Parent participants must have had one or more youth who were current students at one of the two schools at the time the study was conducted. At that time, Gateway...
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    • 23 Appendix A Internship Work Log 5/5/14 Today was my first day as Activities Coordinator at Marriott Summit Watch. I worked with my supervisor to discuss initiatives for Marriott and current policies and procedures on site. I met other staff...
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    • 26 continues with the suggestion that the way teachers present grammar lessons is the problem, not the grammar itself. Constance Weaver (1996), an author of many grammar books for teachers, weighs in on the grammar teaching debate by saying, “In...
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    • 27 due to planting the seeds of opportunity. Once the myriad of careers were presented, the students had ideas about what interested them and what did not and more importantly what training or education is required for each of the...
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    • 27 Purpose of the Current Study Clearly, the achievement gap continues to be an issue of major concern in American education. As the legislative goal year of 2014 approaches, where 100% of all students must be proficient in literacy and...
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    • 3 Chapter 2 Literature Review The focus of this literature review was on adolescent ELLs in terms of reading struggles and comprehension in the American mainstream classroom and what can be done in the classroom to help meet their current needs. In...
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    • 3 how do assessments impact the parent/teacher perception of charter schools; and three, do teachers use scores from state-mandated assessments evaluate their own performance/success? Research Questions The following questions helped guide the...
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    • 3 person is limited in learning opportunities and lacks the skills necessary to create communication beyond what he or she hears. Now, as an English teacher, this teacher-researcher wonders how much grammar to teach each year. The current Utah...
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    • 32 English? That's reason enough” (p. 1). This line of thinking is not enough for the average teenage American, though. Apparently it isn't enough for the average Language Arts teacher or state offices of education, either. Substantial proof needs...
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    • 32 References Aronson, R. (2001). At-risk students defy the odds: overcoming barriers to educational success. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press. Ascher, C., & Maguire, C. (2011). Beating the odds. Education Digest, 76(5), 13-20. Retrieved from...
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    • 33 every grade level with the “what” and the “when”, but not the “how.” For instance, a sixth grade teacher can easily find out what students should have been taught in previous grades as well as clearly understand what should be taught in the...
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    • 34 Chapter 5 Discussion Interpretation of Results Traditional classroom instruction has typically consisted of lectures coupled with note-taking, guided practice and independent practice, culminating with assessment. This sedentary, cerebral...

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