ERIC Number: ED256248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Students to Recognize and Manipulate Structures of Cohesion. College Reading and Learning Assistance Technical Report 85-04.
Brozo, William G.
Methods for teaching students to recognize and manipulate structures of cohesion in reading materials are discussed. Teaching students to connect text involves a strategy that combines reading and writing in student- and teacher-directed activities. An example illustrates how the strategy can be applied with specific course content, a ninth-grade unit on the Civil War. In small groups, students generate three statements that come to mind related to the war, and the class identifies statements appropriate to the topic. Next, students discuss a list of connective words and then write a paragraph using connecting words to join together their statements about the war. Finally, students are provided a modified cloze passage from the text with existing connectives removed. Any sentences that could be connected are separated by a blank space, and students use the list to fill in the connecting words, after which the class discusses connectives that were chosen. It is suggested that creating cohesive statements helps students grow in syntactic maturity and metalinguistic awareness. A list of connectives and a sample cloze passage with missing connectives are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.