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    • 10 the new core standards while also using specific grammar, punctuation, phrases and clauses as required by the Core Curriculum State Standards. (Please see definitions for specifics.) Setting The setting for this study is in a regular 9th grade...
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    • 11 together (i.e. for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Common Core State Standards- The new curriculum adopted by Utah to be in practice by 2014 and used by forty-three other states in the union. Conjunctive Adverb- A word like “however” that joins...
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    • 41 patterns. Finally, students read what they wrote to the class. While writing, students simply insert their own sentences into the patterns. This gave students the ability to choose what they wanted to say while also knowing for sure which...
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    • 45 Chapter 4 Results Introduction The purpose for this chapter is to disclose the answers to the questions that were formulated in previous chapters and discovered through implementation of new teaching strategies for sentence patterns. A brief...
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    • 46 wonder where to place punctuation marks which will free them up to start to develop other writing techniques for better communication through writing composition. Purpose To see if teaching grammatically correct sentence patterns will help...
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    • 47 focused on not using logical fallacies, producing a logical argument, and following through with the proper format for that type of essay. Sentence construction was taught afterwards; hence, this assignment was used for two different...
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    • 48 of collaborative learning as well as an opportunity for students to have fun with structured writing. Students were heard to have said things such as, “I understand this now!” during the process of story writing while using structured sentence...
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    • 49 Facebook Argumentative Essay—Assignment #1 after patterns were taught. Figure 3 After the first assignment about Facebook, the first pre-assessment prompt about technology was brought back at the end of the quarter to see if there was...
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    • 50 Technology Argumentative Essay—Assignment #2 Figure 4 After a few more practice lessons with the sentence patterns, students were asked to write another five-paragraph essay based on an activity day presented at the school by community leaders....
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    • 51 Argumentative Essay on Reality Store and Consumer Spending—Assignment #3 Figure 5 A couple of months later, a final writing assessment was given after reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students were required to use the sentence patterns in...
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    • 52 Assessment—Romeo and Juliet Literary Essay and Final Assessment Figure 6 From pre-assessment to final assessment, students improved by 42% when attempting to construct Compound sentences; they improved by 16% when attempting to construct Complex...
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    • 53 and more frequently than the other sentences (except for Simple sentences, of course). This could also have been the result of the teacher feeling more confident with Compound sentences than with the other two more complex patterns as well;...
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    • 55 From the beginning of school to the end of third quarter, students showed a 42% increase in attempting to construct Compound Sentences, a 16% increase in attempts to formulate Complex Sentences, and a 10% increase constructing Compound/Complex...
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    • 62 Chapter 6 Reflection If I were to teach my sentence patterns over again, I would be more prepared to teach students the different types of phrases and clauses that they could use in the patterns because phrases and clauses are a new requirement...
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    • 63 students have to do is insert an independent clause on either side of a semi-colon and they have a compound sentence! This is consistent with the findings of previous research results because students only need to know what independent clauses...
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    • 64 concept completely. Some students gave up in frustration, but they did not attempt to ask others or the teacher for help with understanding. By the end of the exercise, the students discovered that they had written a story and commented on how...
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    • 71 Appendix B: Instrument Used for Assignment #1 Directions: Read the article entitled, “Is Facebook Making You Mean?” by Lauren Tarshis of Scholastic’s Scope magazine and write a five-paragraph argumentative essay on your position to the question....
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    • 72 Appendix C: Instrument Used for Assignment #2 Directions: Please write a five-paragraph argumentative essay for the following prompt: “Technology does more to enhance than to limit education.” Please underline your examples of Compound, Complex,...
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    • 73 Appendix D: Instrument Used for Assignment #3 Directions: Based on your experience at the Reality Store activity, please write a five-paragraph essay on what you learned about life as an adult. Please underline your examples of Compound,...

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