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Grammar Comics Sentence Problems

Getting students to enjoy reading can take some time and effort. Fortunately, we have many resources at our disposal, and plenty of reading choices for picky students. One easy way to get students reading is to introduce them to comics, a medium that uses images and text to represent ideas. There are comics for every student, from the lower level readers to advanced readers. Comics also allow teachers to sneak in a bit of grammar and writing practice.

grammar comics sentence problems

Having trouble getting students to understand grammar or sentence structure? Comics are useful for this too. Teachers can give pre-created comics to students, and ask them to identify devices such as compound sentences, figurative language, or declarative sentences. No matter what grade you teach, comics can add a touch of fun to your typical grammar lesson.

Once students are familiar with the many styles of comics, students can easily create their own comics with websites such as Bitstip. This allows students to express their own ideas and convictions. Comics even allow teachers to explore grammar and writing conventions with their students or allow elementary students to understand story sequencing. No matter what grade-level you teach, comics can be useful.

Why?As readers skim through sentences, they anticipate what should follow based on their tacit knowledge of English grammar and mechanics. When awriter starts listing a series, readers expect them to complete that series with more examples.Then, when some other sentence structures are introduced and the series is not completed, readers fall off track and miscommunication happens.

This page does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to English grammar. Rather it focuses on some of the common problems students have in using grammar in their academic writing. If you want a more extensive guide, or if English is not your first language, there are links at the left to comprehensive websites, including some with interactive exercises. If you are a University of Reading student and English is not your first language, the Academic English Programme (AEP) provides training courses in academic writing skills, speaking skills, and pronunciation practice.

The sentence above is a simple sentence with just one main clause. In academic writing, you will need to write more complex sentences which use main and dependent clauses and phrases. The good news is that, although it sounds daunting, this is probably what you are used to doing everyday! You just need to be aware of the possible problems that can arise in academic writing.

There are two particular problems to watch out for with sentences. The first is to make sure the sentence is a genuine sentence - that it includes a verb, and that it is not simply a dependent clause. Take this sentence, for example: 041b061a72


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