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ERIC Number: ED198545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Verb Choice and Its Relationship to a Composition's Effectiveness as Measured by Holistic Evaluation.
Chinn, Judith A.
Two research projects focused on the nature of verb choice and its relationship to a composition's general effectiveness and reader impact. In the pilot project, 28 fifth grade students received an instructional unit of 27 lessons emphasizing the incorporation of precise verb vocabulary and the elimination of forms of "to be" and "to have" as main verbs. In addition to receiving the highest mean score from the holistic readers, the group's posttests yielded statistically significant differences in areas of verb choice and syntax in relation to their pretests and to the posttest written by 28 fifth grade students in a control group. The second project involved an analysis of 112 holistically evaluated competency examinations written by senior high school students. The data revealed direct correlations between a composition's competency rating and the quality of the verb vocabulary. Both research projects indicate the important relationship between precise verb choice and effective writing and lend support for developing new approaches to composition curriculum. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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