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ERIC Number: ED319040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-22
Pages: 14
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Process/Schmocess: Why Not Combine a Sentence or Two?
Morenberg, Max
Though popular in the late 70s and early 80s, the instructional technique of sentence combining attracts little support today, even though practice has proven that teaching the processes of combining and expanding sentences can enhance syntactic maturity. A student writer who is made aware of the expectations of form will be prompted to generate more richly textured content. Despite the suggestion of some critics, there is no necessary antithesis between the process (form) and product (content) approaches to writing instruction. Like the writing-process methodology, the form-based sentence-combining approach is inherently student centered, as it builds upon students' innate knowledge of language. At the same time, the approach gives both teacher and student textual matters to discuss. Properly used, sentence combining can reestablish the relationship between form and content in a writing process class. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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