Teacher's Guide to Effective Sentence Writing

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Guilford Press, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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This practical book provides explicit instructions for teaching sentence-level skills to students who have difficulties in this area. The author explains the key role of sentence combining in the writing process and presents effective techniques for instruction and assessment. Numerous sample lessons, practice activities, planning tips, and grammatical pointers make it easy for teachers to incorporate sentence combining and construction into the writing curriculum at all grade levels (2-12). Accessible and engaging, the book helps teachers and students experiment with different ways to arrange thoughts and produce meaningful written work.

 

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Contents

1Writing Basics
3
2The Importance of the Sentence
6
3What Is Sentence Combining?
11
Part IITeaching and Assessment
21
4The Cognitive Challenge of Combining Sentances
23
5Types of SentenceCombining Exercises
27
6Teaching Sentences
49
7Teaching Sentence Combining
53
Part IIISample Unit of Instruction Practice Activities and Exercises
77
10Sample Unit of Instruction
79
11Practice Activities
97
12Common Grammatical Terms and Exercise Sequence
106
13Word Phrase and ClauseLength Exercises
116
14Exercises with Multiple Grammatical Elements
142
15ParagraphLength Exercises
152
References
167

8Student Grouping
62
9Assessment
66

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About the author (2012)

Bruce Saddler, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Special Education at the University at Albany, State University of New York. A former K-12 special education teacher and teacher of the year, he conducts research on writing and the remediation of writing difficulties. He has published over 40 articles and has conducted more than 80 presentations, workshops, and clinics throughout the United States and Canada. Of particular interest to Dr. Saddler is sentence combining, a writing technique he has spent over a decade investigating, teaching, and discussing.

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