Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Topic: Sample Sentence Combining Exercises.

10-second review: Two different types of sentence combining exercises, “cued” and “uncued.”

Title: “The Effects of Sentence Combining on the Reading Comprehension of Fourth grade Students.” PA Wilkinson and D Patty. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1993), 104-125. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Cued Sentence Combining Exercise:

The roller coaster ride starts. (WHENEVER)

Matt closes his eyes. (,)

Matt tries to be brave. (AND).

Target sentence: Whenever the roller coaster ride starts, Matt closes his eyes and tries to be brave.

Uncued Sentence Combining Exercises:

Snoopy looked at the sky.

The sky was bright.

The sky was blue.

It was dotted with clouds.

The clouds were fluffy.

The clouds were white.

They had shapes.

The shades kept changing.

Snoopy looked hard.

He looked long.

He began to see something.

He saw shapes.

He saw funny creatures.

He saw scary creatures.

Comment: Check with the Bing Internet Search engine and you will find 736,000 Web sites under the heading of “sentence combining exercises.” RayS.

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