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ERIC Number: ED091757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 22
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Syntactic Maturity Test for Narrative Writing.
Dauterman, Fritz P.
Designed to measure syntactic fluency or maturity in narrative writing, the Syntactic Maturity Test for Narrative Writing (SMTNW) is in two parts: (1) the test itself, a group of seventy-six kernel sentences making a coherent narrative, and (2) a means of syntactic analysis of the written samples that result when respondents rewrite the narrative, combining the kernel sentences. The test is based on a synopsis of a portion of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and the seventy-six kernel sentences are arranged in five separate sections. Combining kernel sentences in as many ways as they can, respondents work through the sections in order. The resulting narratives are then given a grammatical analysis to determine the level of syntactic maturity. [This document is one of those reviewed in The Research Instruments Project (TRIP) monograph "Measures for Research and Evaluation in the English Language Arts" to be published by the Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English in cooperation with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills. A TRIP review which precedes the document lists its category (Writing) title, author, date, and age range (intermediate--postsecondary), and describes the instrument's purpose and physical characteristics.] (WR)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
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