The Role of Complex Sentence Knowledge in Children with Reading and Writing Difficulties

By Cheryl M. Scott, Catherine Balthazar Last updated 2024/05/27
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In this International Dyslexia Association Perspectives article, Dr. Cheryl Scott and Dr. Catherine Balthazar, discuss the research about sentences as a unit of oral and written language.  They discuss sentence complexity, how to identify students at risk for syntactic problems, and intervention practices to support these students.

Curriculum Connection

B1. Oral and Non-Verbal Communication B3. Language Conventions for Reading and Writing
This article supports the teaching/learning of B1.5 Word Choice, Syntax, and Grammar in Oral Communication, B3.1 Syntax and Sentence Structure, and B3.2 Grammar. It discusses syntax complexity and how to provide instruction for students who are at risk of reading comprehension deficits due to syntax difficulties.
Grade(s): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Topic(s): GrammarOral LanguageSyntax and Sentence StructureWriting

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  1. This article is gold! There are many instances where comprehension is greatly impaired due to students not understanding the sentence structure – like in math problems, instructions for projects, reading comprehension questions for texts- the list doesn’t end. The big question will be what are the evidence based strategies to instruct and assess this adequately.

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