The Grammar of Academic English Elizabeth O’Dowd, Beth Peterson-- Saint Michael’s College; Nancy Nadel—Hunt Middle School Academic English requires progressive linguistic complexity through the grade levels – not only in vocabulary, but also in the grammatical strategies that express abstract meaning relationships. For English learners especially, this grammar needs to be taught explicitly, systematically, and proactively. However, neither the WIDA standards nor the Grade Expectations offer much direction for such instruction. This project attempts to map out a developmental continuum of linguistic complexity for English learners in middle school. Team Members: SMC—Elizabeth O’Dowd, Beth Peterson; BSD--Nancy Nadel Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation, here for the Grammar for Meaning Overview, and here to see the Indicators.
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