Hello everyone, I am an ELA teacher currently completing my graduate program. As a part of the program, we must share our thoughts on the course material with the public online-I found this questions and resources very thoughprovoking an helpful in reflecting on my beliefs and practices about writing instruction. I believe grammar instruction provides limited benefit to student writing improvement. When students receive their assignments back covered in pen marks pointing our errors in grammar it can be overwhelming and distracting from their focus on the content of their writing. It also detracts from our ability to provide students with autonomy over their writing as it takes up valuable classroom time than can be used on developing ideas, workshopping with peers, and providing guidance in authentic writing experiences. Conley notes that students are motivated by “autonomy, purpose, and mastery.” (2014) By focusing on grammar instruction, we limit these things in our students’ writing. Students learn when they are motivated, grammar instruction takes time away from things that can improve student motivation. Furthermore, McCarthey and Mkhize found that teachers in low-income districts are more likely to spend time focused on grammar instruction while students in high income districts are more likely to have the opportunity to spend time working on developing their unique writing, focus on their ideas, and have more control over their writing. (2013) This puts students who may already be at risk at a further disadvantage. The income of level of a students’ district should not have any influence on the kind of writing opportunities they have access to. References Conley, A. K. (2014). Nurturing intrinsic motivation and growth mindset in writing. Online. McCarthey, S. J. & Mkhize, D. (2013). Teachers’ orientations towards writing. Journal of Writing Research, 5(1), 1-33.