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  1. Professional Development | November 20–23, 2014
    2014 NCTE Annual Convention
    The 2014 NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to take back the right to tell our stories, to create our own landscapes, and to “talk story” with each other.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Alliteration in Headline Poems
    Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
    By analyzing Dear Abby’s “rant” about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and “proper” language use are intertwined.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction
    Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn teach language awareness and use through published complaints about the teaching of grammar. Students are able to recognize issues of race and class that determine acceptable usage and learn the importance of audience in their own language use.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    And I Quote: A Punctuation Proofreading Minilesson
    Students review the basic conventions for using quotations from literature or references from a research project, focusing on accurate punctuation and page layout, then apply the conventions to their texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
    Students explore using electronic messaging and Internet abbreviations for specific purposes and examine the importance of using a more formal style of writing based on their audience.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns
    Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Breaking the Rules with Sentence Fragments
    Though teachers usually caution students against using sentence fragments, Edgar Schuster’s work demonstrates that professional writers often use fragments effectively. This lesson helps students understand that there are reasons that they can and should use sentence fragments to become effective writers.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Bringing Grammar to Life
    Seamlessly integrate grammar instruction into your entire language arts curriculum.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 11  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Building Academic Language to Deepen Comprehension and Learning
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Learning Words Inside and Out" hosted by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.

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