Thursday, October 4, 2012

Improving student writing by teaching conjunctions

AtlanticAn article in the October 2012 Atlantic Magazine contains both bad news and good news. The bad news is that author Peg Tyre confirms what some of us suspected: many K-12 schools are not teaching grammar, sentence structure, and lucid writing. The good news is that one high school turned around its students’ performance after discovering a weakness of poor student writers: they did not know how to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. Once its teachers focused on expository writing skills, including the appropriate use of conjunctions, the students’ performance improved dramatically.

This may prompt some of us to redouble our attention to connectors in legal writing.

Hat tip: Anne Kringel


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