ERIC Number: ED200974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Sentences: The Focal Points of English Teaching (Suggestions for Intergrating Sentence Combining with Other Strands of the English Curriculum).
Heinold, Henry Robert
Sentence combining activities can be used throughout the English curriculum. The entire composing process can be developed with sentence combining activities based on student rough drafts of book reports, analysis and imitation of sentences written by professional writers, the organization of sentences in whole paragraphs or essays, and "oral proofreading." A unit in oral interpretation already integrates literature, reading, listening, and speaking; it can phase in composition if the students use sentence combining activities to write their interpretations before performing. Sentence combining can also be used in oral interpretation lessons to help students eliminate their pauses at the ends of lines of text (as in poetry). Rewriting sentences can be used as a check on reading comprehension, adding variety to reading exercises. The combining exercises themselves also give students experience in using grammar properly. Using these suggestions, English teachers can take advantage of the structure, the effects, and the questions brought about by sentence combining. (Examples are offered of specific combining activities in the four areas discussed, and of sources for developing combining exercises.) (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference (9th, Nashville, TN, April 2-4, 1981).