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Writing Interventions

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This is a strategy that has been proven to help struggling writers not feel so overwhelmed.  The document contains a description of the strategy, an example, and a form that can me used in the classroom.

Sentence Combining

Students with poor writing skills often write sentences that lack 'syntactic maturity' (Robinson & Howell, 2008). That is, these writers' sentences often follow a simple, stereotyped format. However, isolated grammar instruction appears to have little or no positive impact in helping poor writers become better writers (Graham & Perin, 2007). A promising alternative is to use sentence combining (Graham & Perin, 2007; Strong, 1986).
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