*What Is Your Most Compelling Reason for Teaching Grammar?

At the Summer Institute, we got riled up about whether we should teach grammar.

Should we teach grammar in schools? Who should teach it? When should it be taught? Does teaching grammar improve students’ writing?

We all yelled out our reasons for feeling the way we did, but I'm still clueless.

*Yes, I shamelessly stole this title from an old English Journal article. I'm sorry NCTE, but this is exactly what our Summer Institute debates were about.