All three of the readings for this week, Jeff Anderson's "Zooming In and Out: Putting Grammar Into Context", Linda Christensen's "Finding Voice: Learning About Language and Power", and Joylynn Nesbitt's four strategies, encourage the use of literature examples to "zoom in and out" and reinforce the patterns they see. Anderson "model[s] strategies" and then "hand[s] the power over to [his students]" (Anderson). In doing so, his "students have a sense of writing's purpose and how it fits into the larger picture of reading and writing, making it easier for them to connect the two processes" (Anderson). He will have his students read sentences, describe what patterns they see, and then determine the rules from those patterns. Christensen, whose article focuses on maintaining a voice despite grammar rules and "home languages", does the same thing when she grades student's writing. She realizes that not all students are exposed to early linguistic skills, and therefore have trouble writing in the "language of power". She knows the importance of not only informing her students what they are doing write, but also drawing attention to their mistakes and a way that will actually help them improve. Like Anderson, she "categorize[s] each student's errors, looking for patterns" as she reads their work. Nesbitt's article perfectly summarizes the two other articles, naming the four ways to aid not only the English Language Learners, but all students,learn to write in the language of power. She, like Anderson and Christensen, encourages the reading of literature daily, as "research shows that reading daily improves a student's fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, analytical skills, and memory" (Nesbitt). Much like Anderson, she advocates multi-modal lessons, or using various forms to teach a subject. Anderson even uses a song in his lesson plans to reinforce grammar. All three authors recognize the importance of both shortening the lecture, and having students write daily, so as to reinforce the patterns. How can one formulate their own voice if they are not writing?