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Undoing the Great Grammatical Scam

by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm

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Undoing the Great Grammatical Scam

Grades 5 – 9
Type Journal
Published March 2001
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Grammar should be taught in the context of students' own writing: "we learn what we actually have the opportunity to practice and do in the real world."


Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. "Undoing the Great Grammatical Scam!" Voices from the Middle 8.3 (March 2001): 62.


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