ERIC Number: ED196036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sentence Combining: From the Textbook to the Classroom.
Ryan, John H.
The instructor of two twelfth grade English classes, one a composition class and the other a general English class, gave both classes some exercises in sentence combining. In the first exercise, the students were given two sentences and told to devise as many combinations as possible. While the composition class contributed more combinations than the general class students, the general class students were more enthusiastic, and more adept at spotting fragments and run on sentences. The instructor then gave both classes a series of combining exercises for paragraphs, which the students completed successfully. The last two exercises were prepared by the students. In the first, a text paragraph was "chopped up" into a sentence combining exercise by one student, the sentences were rewritten by another, and the paragraph compared to the original. In the final exercise the process was repeated but with the students writing their own paragraphs before "chopping" them up. The composition class produced superior exercises suitable for later instructional use, and the general class students, particularly those with severe writing problems, showed the greatest improvement with the best writing they had done in the class. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (70th, Cincinnati, OH, November 21-26, 1980).