SLANT: As soon as I read this I knew I had been exposed to it before. It took me awhile, but I remembered SLANT from my KU days. In the mid to late 90’s, I taught at an intermediate school. The resource teacher there was very accessible. She came into one of my 7th grade classes to pilot a project on sentence writing. I was impressed! She explained her approach was of one several produced by Kansas University. She talked me into taking one of the classes offered by our AEA9. I was hooked; I took every KU class/seminar offered in our area by AEA9:
- Fundamentals in Sentence Writing
- LINCS: Vocabulary Strategy
- Recall Enhancement
- Vocabulary LINCing
Then I moved to high school. There was so much more to cover in the curriculum and the students should have the basics down, right? Yes and no. I spent a total of 15 years in the junior high/middle school trenches. I know the curriculum and I know the teachers work very hard to prepare students for high school. However, they get to high school and act like they don’t know what you are talking about!
So back to The Strategies. I am not sure high school students will buy into SLANT, but it is worth a try. If anyone in our book cohort would like to view the entire set of directions, please let me know. I also reviewed my manual for Fundamentals in Sentence Writing. I would like to use some of these strategies with the 9th grade students I work with in 9th Grade Success Room. They will soon be writing a research paper and I believe many of them could benefit from this. However, how do I get them to buy into it? This would be additional instruction and practice on their parts. Will students work with me to improve their writing if they are not receiving a grade for the practice work? We have talked about this before. You have to master the basics before you can step up to the next level. Is it more important to me than them? In the end, if a student puts in the extra practice, the reward should be a better grade. Too often the grade doesn’t matter; they just want the assigment completed. How do we change this mentality?