Although sentence-combining researchers acknowledge the importance of syntax-to-discourse transfer, their treatments have achieved it in varying degrees through unclear procedures. Improving the Expository Writing Skills of Adolescents suggests effective strategies for contextualizing learning in the English language arts, focusing on a novel method of syntax instruction called 'discourse-function sentence combining.' The language arts objectives are integrated with ninth grade biology materials.
Robert J. Kanellas is Chair of the English/Reading Department at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, MA. James Carifo is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell College of Education. Lorraine Dagostino is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell College of Education.