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Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom
by Rebecca S. Wheeler and Rachel Swords
|Grades||K – 8|
This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English. Based on insights from applied linguistics, an elementary teacher and university professor show that when African American students write "My goldfish name is Scaley" or "I have two dog and two cat," they are not making mistakes in Standard English.
Wheeler, Rebecca and Rachel Swords. "Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom." Language Arts 81.6 (July 2004): 470-480.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 9
Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.