ERIC Number: ED111003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Variations of Syntax and Vocabulary in Children's Writing.
Evertts, Eldonna L.
To write well is not a singular ability; it utilizes critical thinking, creativity, and a feeling for language. An examination of a number of pieces of writing by elementary school pupils shows that some are highly imaginative while others are informative reports, simple statements of events, colorful descriptions, or various forms of poetry. Style is generally informal and relaxed, as it relates closely to speech and implies that the reader or listener is interested in what is being presented. As the pupil becomes more aware of the English language and its syntactical structure, this knowledge can help give form to ideas. The question naturally arises whether the study of grammar can help improve writing. Over the past decade attempts to prove that the study of grammar can improve writing were not significant, but research on generative grammar instruction increased the proportion of well-formed sentences and the complexity of sentence patterns. More recently, a study reported that sentence-combining practices have a favorable effect on the writing skills of students. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on the Language Arts in the Elementary School (7th, Boston, Massachusetts, April 11-13, 1975)