The findings of this study predict that students who utilize five specific sentence constructions on timed single-draft writing compositions will have higher holistic scores than students who do not utilize the specific constructions. Students in the treatment group who were taught to use the five constructions through thorough and consistent instruction in a semester length first year writing course showed statistically significant gains, 4.698 points on a 0-18 scale, based on comparison of pre-test and post-test writing samples. The findings suggest that specific style instruction at the sentence level should be part of the first year writing course curriculum, and possibly in the writing curriculum of secondary education as well.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Shelton, Susan Allsop, "Sentence-Level Construction Methods: Skills Taught Are Skills Used" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 6505.
style, sentence-level instruction, explicit instruction