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ERIC Number: ED467287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-8
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
On the Road to Success: Assuring Students Can Read and Write by the Eighth Grade.
Mayfield, Tina; Poulter, Steve
Theoretically, reading and writing skills should be taught beginning in elementary school. As early as kindergarten teachers should be emphasizing reading and writing, teaching children how to read using phonics, and how to write things as simple as one-line sentences. This paper discusses the things that teachers can do to make sure that all eighth graders can read and write. The paper states that the first step is to give a standardized test to all eighth graders during the first weeks of school so that they can be placed in an English class suitable to their level. It notes that many children may not have parents who read to them when they were young, or because of lack of time or because of lack of education. The paper clarifies what is meant by "teaching reading" and"teaching writing." It proposes that all teachers and schools, elementary through high school, rearrange their teaching schedules so English is given 10-15 minutes more per day. It suggests that, with this extra time for English, students will go on to high school with the proper skills to pass English and their other classes without a struggle to read the textbook or write a basic assignment. The paper argues that, when students make it to high school without the proper skills to read and write correctly, it is the high school teachers' job to teach these students to read and write, not just to pass them on because they do not want to "mess with them." It concludes that the notion that teaching reading and writing correctly is for elementary teachers, rather than teachers at any level, may be why so many students make it to high school without these skills. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A