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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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    • 12 Simple Sentence- A sentence that has a subject, verb, sometimes an object and represented by the abbreviation “SV” for subject-verb or “IC” for independent clause. Six-Traits of Writing- six characteristics for good writing approved by the...
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    • 17 was available to define grammar’s purpose. It was not until the twentieth century that linguists and teachers really started diving into the realm of research to discover how the English language’s structure should work most effectively. The...
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    • 21 Kolln and Hancock’s (2005) argument against the anti-grammar movement maintains that as the free-writing trend took off, linguists such as W. Nelson Francis, Harold B. Allen and Noam Chomsky were researching English grammar and discovering...
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    • 24 research in the 1970s . . . claim[ed] that students can learn grammar simply by writing" (Vavra, 1996, p. 32), but there was no evidence to support that from Vavra’s study. In response to that research, Vavra asks, "Where is the research study...
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    • 25 based on the number of errors they found, syntax did improve along with sentence-combining strategies. Studies that used sentence-combining strategies, rather than traditional grammar approach, turned out better student writing results because...
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    • 35 help. Sentence-combining exercises also have been proven to help students with syntax and better sentence construction. Furthermore, the core curriculum in Utah is changing. The new Common Core State Standards are now the authority for Utah...

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