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1 Vilma Mazzella Cardinal Spellman H.S. firstname.lastname@example.org STUDENTS ARE COMING INTO HIGH SCHOOL WITH POOR WRITING SKILLS: grammar and punctuationVilma MazzellaCardinal Spellman H.S.
2 Select the Best Solution PPASelect the Best SolutionDevelop SolutionsIdentify the CausesGather the EvidenceDefine the ProblemToday, we are going to look at a problem by using the steps of the Public Policy Analyst
3 What is the Evidence? Poorly written notes and letters Poorly written essays and research papersPoorly written cover letters asking for a job:
4 Evidence in our School Poor grades in English Only ten percent of students received a mastery grade (85 and above) on English Regents in 2013Seventy percent (the majority) of Sophomore class passed English Regents with a grade of 65-80Twenty percent failed regentsPoor results on College Entrance ExamsLow PSAT scoresLow SAT scores
5 Examples of signs with grammatical errors— Can you find the error? Circle it in redon Smartboard
6 WHY???? Today’s technology: FacebookText messagingCurrent Music:Lyrics: e.g.--Timbaland—”The Way I are”Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”“We at war, we at war….”What are some of the reasons to the lack of writing skills? Here are some of the possible causes to this problem:
7 SOLUTIONS ON IMPROVEMENT Make a school policy requiring students to use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation on essays and research papers in all subject areasStudents would be held accountable for errors in their writing in all subjectsStudents would have as much as a 10% deduction on grade if writing is poor.
8 Improve? Remedial help clinic Identify students who need help and suggest they attend a remedial help clinicThis would consist of Honor Society students who tutor before homeroomStudents who attend would receive credit from the referring teacher
9 MORE WAYS TO IMPROVESome grammar-building videos on Youtube can be shown in class or can be assigned as homework by teachers:AdvantagesInteresting to studentsDoes not take time from teachingExample of video below
10 Determining Best Solution EFFECTIVENESSFEASIBILITYHIGHMEDIUMLOWSchool Policy Remedial Help Clinic You Tube Videos School Policy would be most effective but harder to implementThe Remedial Help Clinic would be the best solution as it is both effective and feasible
11 Thanks to: Businessinsider.com Cardinal Spellman High School O'Connor, Kyrie. Houstonchronicle.comGoogle.comLosAngelesTimes.comSmosh.comYouTube.comVideosSounds