Does teaching complex sentences have to be complicated? Lessons from children's online writing

Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly (2009). Does teaching complex sentences have to be complicated? Lessons from children's online writing. Literacy, 43(2) pp. 118–122.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4369.2009.00501.x

Abstract

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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