ERIC Number: ED073483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Sentence Combining: Improving Student Writing without Formal Grammar Instruction. NCTE Committee on Research Report Series. No. 15.
The purpose of this study was to develop a sentence-combining system for teaching composition to seventh grade students. The exercises were designed so as to be independent of the students' previous knowledge of grammar. Chapter 1 examines recent studies in language and writing. The first part of chapter 2 demonstrates that normal growth in syntactic maturity can be measured in quantifiable terms. The second part of the chapter describes and suggests a rationale for sentence-combining practice. Chapter 3 discusses the design and procedures of the study. The results of the study, discussed in chapter 4, indicate that the students practicing sentence-combining achieved a significant degree of syntactic maturity, and their compositions were judged to be significantly better in quality than those written by students who did not have such practice. The conclusions and implications of the study are discussed in chapter 5: the fact that seventh graders' writing can be improved within eight months suggests that sentence-combining practice could be a valuable contribution to a composition program. Appendixes provide sample lessons and exercises as well as composition evaluation assignments. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: English, Grade 7, Grammar, Sentence Combining, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Teaching Methods, Transformational Generative Grammar, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.