I have long been a fan of sentence combining activities as a meaningful
and effective way of improving students’ writing skills. Since the
1960’s, research studies have shown that sentence combining is an
effective way to teach grammar to students in elementary through college
levels and improves student writing. This is especially so for students
who struggle with writing. The Writing Next
report (2007) based on Graham and Perin’s meta-analysis of writing
instruction research, identified sentence combining as one of the eleven
most effective instructional practices for improving the writing of
students in grades 4-12 Sentence Combining https://keystoliteracy.com/blog/sentence-combining/
After combining a set of
sentences in a variety of ways, you should take the time to evaluate
your work and decide which combinations you like and which ones you
don't. You may do this evaluation on your own or in a group in which you
will have a chance to compare your new sentences with those of others.
In either case, read your sentences out loud as you evaluate them: how
they sound to you can be just as revealing as for how they look.
Here are six basic qualities to consider when you evaluate your new sentences:
Meaning. As far as you can determine, have you conveyed the idea intended by the original author?
Clarity. Is the sentence clear? Can it be understood on the first reading?
Coherence. Do the various parts of the sentence fit together logically and smoothly?
Emphasis. Are keywords and phrases put in emphatic positions (usually at the very end or at the very beginning of the sentence)?
Conciseness. Does the sentence clearly express an idea without wasting words?
after, although, as, as if, as long as, as much as, as soon as, as
though, because, before, by the time, even if, even though, if, in order
that, in case, in the event that, lest , now that, once, only, only if,
provided that, since, so, supposing, that, than, though, till, unless,
until, when, whenever, where, whereas, wherever, whether or not, while