ERIC Number: ED338458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Amish Child and Teaching Composition.
Newcomb, Thomas L.
Amish children are at a disadvantage in the rural public school because of their unique traditional upbringing and multilingual society. One of the greatest areas of risk is language arts. This document provides resources and instructional tips for teachers teaching writing to Amish children in rural elementary schools. The Amish are a linguistic, cultural, and religious minority all at the same time. Little research and information are available to public schools to help them meet the special needs of these children. These three types of minority status coupled with rural culture factors may produce invalid results on standardized tests. Eight steps are listed by which the teacher can reduce bias against Amish children, including development of cultural awareness, evaluation of the validity of standardized tests, and use of more appropriate student evaluation methods. English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students need not be proficient in speaking it in order to learn to write in it. Five tips are offered to help teachers encourage the development of writing skills in ESL students. (SV)
Descriptors: Amish, Bilingual Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), High Risk Students, Public Schools, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Test Bias, Testing Problems, Writing Instruction
Dr. Thomas L. Newcomb, 19130 Nelson-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231 ($5.50 postpaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A