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ERIC Number: ED162305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Sentence-Level Combining: Options in the Rhetorical Context.
Kerek, Andrew
In spite of a number of unanswered questions regarding its place in the teaching of composition and the lack of agreement on why it is effective, sentence combining (SC) has become accepted as a useful skill building technique in regular composition classes. Attempting a broader context on the college level, SC was used exclusively to teach every aspect of composition to an experimental group of 150 students. The classes provided daily practice in putting sentences together in context and offered class discussion on the reasons for the students' syntactic and rhetorical decisions. Using SC, the students covered the basic principles of rhetoric and style as well as many of the problems of grammar, punctuation, and diction. Since the results of the course indicated significant gains for the students in all areas of composition as compared with a conventionally taught group, the process of SC raises the following possibilities for college composition classes: make sentence combining a total curriculum; permit the expansion of given patterns by the addition of new content in the exercises, thereby leading the student toward free writing; allow students to create their own "kernels" and exercises; and consider SC as a mechanism for organizing ideas within the larger units of discourse. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)