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ERIC Number: ED130747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 9
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The Textual Puzzle Technique.
Lanier, Dorothy C.
Textual puzzles may be used in freshman composition or introduction to writing courses to emphasize word order and subject-predicate agreement. These sentence puzzles demonstrate that the English language depends primarily upon word order to convey meaning, and assist students to avoid blending statement and question word order in their sentences and to identify and correct their own errors in subject-verb agreement. Puzzles may be simple or complex, and may be used with individuals or groups. Once sentence puzzles have been mastered, paragraph puzzles (arranging sentences in logical order) and composition puzzles (shifting paragraphs to their most effective position) may be utilized. Several textual puzzles based on newspaper headlines are included in this paper, as are suggestions for other sources of textual puzzle materials. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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