ABSTRACT

High schoolers are very good at doing school——or they just don’t do school and passively drift. Students are used to correcting sentences, or yelling corrections once a sentence is displayed. The invitational process may seem slow, especially when our school is a pressure cooker for raising scores on numerous high-stakes tests. Research supports focusing on function during grammar instruction. Students will infuse purposeful conventions into their writing. The Invitation to Compare and Contrast honors our human need for repetition and predictability by returning to the model from the previous day, while also fulfilling our need for novelty by incorporating a new sentence. Students can, recognize phrases that help place the reader in time, space, or context. The independent imitation option gives students the most responsibility. Brain research tells us that the brain likes novelty and learns best when stress and anxiety are low.