ERIC Number: ED225153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
A Sequence for Sentence-Combining Instruction.
Although sentence combining practice has been shown to be an effective instructional technique for improving students' writing, scant attention has been paid to the appropriate sequence for such instruction. Studies of the natural development of oral and written language point out two general trends that should be considered in sequencing sentence combining instruction. First, language users develop basic sentences before they learn to elaborate on these sentences. Second, there is a general tendency to elaborate with full clauses first, followed by phrases and words that are derived from full clauses. The various syntactic structures that are normally included in sentence combining instruction can be classified into five categories: coordinates, adverbials, restrictive noun modifiers, noun substitutes, and free modifiers. Within each category, the structures can be further divided into three levels, which serve as guidelines for referencing structures across categories. Sentence combining practice with this sequencing can help students develop the syntactic skills they need to produce clear, lively prose, but should not be considered the only component of a comprehensive writing program. (Appendixes contain the sequences for each of the five syntactic structure categories.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.