Sentence Functions: Teaching Implications

Once pupils know and understand the different variations that there can be in sentence length, clause structure, and sentence type, they can begin to think about why they might choose one particular sentence rather than another in their own writing. In argument writing for example, they might use a short sentence for effect and dramatic emphasis; or a simple sentence to open the argument. Furthermore, they might use subordinate clauses to expand and elaborate upon their arguments; or an imperative sentence to try to make the reader think in a certain way; or a question to make the reader think...

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