Sorting out sentence structures: narrative writing
Based on narrative writing tasks which begin 'Write about a time when ...', this DIRT (Dedicated Improvement and Reflective Time) task was created to reinforce students' understanding of simple, compound and complex sentences.
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us regarding this resource. We have replied to you separately as well, but here I'll explain our rationale for making some changes for the benefit of our writer and other teachers using the resource. We take the integrity of our resources very seriously, and we have revisited the resource with your comments in mind. As you'll know, the comma you refer to is subjective, so we have chosen to remove it in line with the prescriptive context of the resource. We've also replaced the list of conjunctions with the more traditional list of coordinating conjunctions you described, again in keeping with the prescriptive context. Thank you again for using our resources.
Posted on 30th January 2019
I am disappointed with this resource to say the least. It is not only poorly written but it is grammatically incorrect. Compound sentences can only used with coordinating conjunctions (f.a.n.b.o.y.s). The second task is incorrect as it uses some conjunctions which would be only be used for complex sentences e.g. although. Furthermore, the second sheet has commas in the wrong place. Commas are only used after the subordinate clause at the start of the sentence certainly not the main in your examples . Task 2 leaves a gap for a main clause and then has a comma before the ‘if’ this would not be punctually correct.
The description and explanation of complex sentences is poor. It doesn’t explain the relationship between a subordinate and main clause at all or give examples.
To summarise, I am incredibly disappointed and will certainly not be using your resources again as they are clearly not checked for accuracy.
Posted on 19th January 2019
Posted on 3rd January 2019
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