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ERIC Number: ED048273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 14
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Can Second Grade Children Write More Complex Sentences?
Hilfman, Tillie
The purpose of this study was to help second grade children expand and elaborate their sentences by using sentence expansion techniques which would provide exposure to word form classes and increase awareness and understanding of syntactic units. Nineteen children in a second grade class for the gifted were asked to write a one-page composition at the beginning of the experiment; were exposed to a series of sentence expansion techniques for eight 20-minute sessions; wrote a second composition, structured to discover how they were employing learned techniques; and after four more sessions, wrote a final unstructured one-page composition which provided information on the subordinate clause index and average clause length. Ten of the 19 children increased their subordinate clause index, and substantial gains were made in increasing sentence length. (Included in the materials are samples of children's compositions, written exercises for students, and a brief overview of the research techniques used to develop and measure syntactic complexity in writing. (Author/JM)
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Note: Unpublished research report