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ERIC Number: ED326886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
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Where Have All the Semicolons Gone?
Jordan, Edwina
Most students today have been reared on television and have had only slight brushes with the parts of grammar. Nevertheless, a variety of sentence pattern exercises and sentence combining lessons based on the students' own writing can be used to augment, challenge and improve students' writing skills and vocabulary. In the first exercise, students receive a xerox copy of one or two drafts of their fellow students' writing. Each student then counts the number of words in each sentence of a paragraph and underlines the subject and verb of each sentence: the student then rewrites and combines two short sentences using conjunctions, semicolons, or colons. In the second exercise, each student rewrites at least three sentences in a different paragraph and indicates which is his/her worst rewritten sentence. Students work in teams to help each other rewrite the poorly rewritten sentences. If class time permits, the students then rewrite the entire paragraph. This series of exercises helps students learn more vocabulary and to use those semicolons and colons which seem to have disappeared down the television tubes. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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