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    • From your observations, do students write better quality (fewer errors, address the topic better) with iPads or handwritten? Why? Student's in general have fewer errors and writing is more legible using iPads. About equal. My 7th graders make more...
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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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    • 4 Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS, http://www.corestandards.org, 2011). After the Utah State Office of Education presented this new curriculum manual...
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    • 5 agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement (CCSS, p.56). It also states that the use of punctuation should be mastered by the 4th grade, but it doesn’t say exactly what punctuation rules should be taught until 6th grade; and, at that point, the...
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    • 7 area, (with rules of punctuation, for example) by the time they get into middle school and high school, they simply fake their way through school. There are three different types of students of whom teachers must be aware in order to teach...
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    • 9 desired career and college readiness results. Some view this gap as an opportunity for teachers to maintain freedom to develop individual and creative lessons. In order to achieve success, though, a strong and concise understanding of what and...
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    • 10 the new core standards while also using specific grammar, punctuation, phrases and clauses as required by the Core Curriculum State Standards. (Please see definitions for specifics.) Setting The setting for this study is in a regular 9th grade...
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    • 11 together (i.e. for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Common Core State Standards- The new curriculum adopted by Utah to be in practice by 2014 and used by forty-three other states in the union. Conjunctive Adverb- A word like “however” that joins...
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    • 12 Simple Sentence- A sentence that has a subject, verb, sometimes an object and represented by the abbreviation “SV” for subject-verb or “IC” for independent clause. Six-Traits of Writing- six characteristics for good writing approved by the...
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    • 16 Also in the 1800s, Edgar Allen Poe, a famous nineteenth century author said, “Even where the sense is perfectly clear, a sentence may be deprived of half its force—its spirit—its point by improper punctuation” (as quoted in Shaw, 1963, p. 15);...
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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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    • 20 which is first, Prewrite; second, Write; third, Revise; fourth, Edit; and finally, Publish. As paradigms shifted, “The writing process was at the heart of the student-centered composition class, where the product was de-emphasized, along with a...
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    • 22 a lot of teachers are able to dock students points for the misuse of structure with word order, punctuation, or whatever “rule” is broken upon submission of a paper. Now the trend is to find proficiency rather than errors, but if errors aren’t...
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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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    • 36 Chapter 3 Methodology Action Research Introduction The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore why secondary students have a difficult time with sentence structure and punctuation. For years these students have had instruction on how to...
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    • 40 sentence patterns, not just the structure itself. Also, a summative assessment approach was applied to evaluate “the worth of the final product, especially in comparison to some other competing product” (Ross, 2005, p. 5); hence, a combination...
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    • 41 patterns. Finally, students read what they wrote to the class. While writing, students simply insert their own sentences into the patterns. This gave students the ability to choose what they wanted to say while also knowing for sure which...
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    • 45 Chapter 4 Results Introduction The purpose for this chapter is to disclose the answers to the questions that were formulated in previous chapters and discovered through implementation of new teaching strategies for sentence patterns. A brief...
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    • 46 wonder where to place punctuation marks which will free them up to start to develop other writing techniques for better communication through writing composition. Purpose To see if teaching grammatically correct sentence patterns will help...
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    • 54 how to explain them more clearly. The teacher was better able to address punctuation questions because she herself learned how to communicate the grammar rules in a better way. For instance, rather than tell students that commas are used for...

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