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ERIC Number: EJ776497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Honoring Dialect and Culture: Pathways to Student Success on High-Stakes Writing Assessments
Crotteau, Michelle
English Journal, v96 n4 p27-32 Mar 2007
Honoring students' home dialect is a complex task when preparing them to take state writing tests that require the use of Standard English. Working with students who had failed the test and were in danger of not receiving a diploma, Michelle Crotteau created a supportive learning environment in which students could develop linguistic and mechanical fluency. In the Writing Strategies class, students spoke and wrote about their interests, drew on their dialect (Appalachian English), and learned to recognize audience-appropriate situations for using their dialect and Standard English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A