Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly
Does teaching complex sentences have to be complicated? Lessons from children's online writing.
Literacy, 43(2) pp. 118–122.
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This paper draws upon data from a research project, undertaken in 2 Year 6 classrooms during the 2006 World Cup, to analyse how children used complex sentence structures in their writing on a football web-log. The authors explore how the confluence of a temporary, popular, global event and an online forum for communication created a moment of linguistic empowerment where pupils began to use high-level forms of language, and the paper considers the implications of transience and interactivity for the teaching and learning of sentence grammar.
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