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Lindemann covers many good points in these two chapters I would like to focus on combining and generating cumulative sentences passive and active sentences and style These chapters are mainly an in depth look at teaching sentences and words and there is a lot of great methods of doing so With combining sentences we learn to cut rearrange and paste elements from each other in order to make one good sentence One example Lindemann used was changing the canary flew out the window and The canary is yellow Combine these two sentences into The yellow canary flew out the window Combining these two sentences and condensing them into one sounds very much more fluid than if they were not combined Using the technique of generating cumulative sentences Lindemann show us how to use modifiers to sharpen the image of the main idea of a sentence This in turn creates a more complex and seemingly more impressive sentence Both of these techniques can increase the syntactic fluency of sentences and help improve students writingPassive and active sentences are something Lindemann says gets overlooked in school Students are taught to look for content rather than for passive sentences We normally try to write our sentences in the active form because passives often become very wordy but neither type make bad sentencesStyle can be defined in a broad sense or a more detailed sense Lindemann gives one definition as choices writers make about words or diction and sometimes sentence structure One way to teach students style would be to give them two examples written using different styles Next they would read them out loud and reflect on the differences in the two as well as witch they enjoyed more They then should be given a writing assignment and have to write it in each of the two stylesI have never really thought of myself as having a writing style I am sure now that I do and
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