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Teaching Grammar in Context: One Approach

By: Harriet Williams
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1
Date: Winter 1999

Summary: After teaching the principles of sentence combining, Williams has students revise their work using this information.

 

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If reluctant writers have been in a writing workshop for any length of time, they can usually name two of the key qualities of good writing–focus and development. Unfortunately, sometime even when they know the focus they want their piece to have, they find it difficult to express that focus clearly if they don't have a command of sentence formations beyond the simple sentence.

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