SHORT COMMUNICATIONS 365
Recently, September, 2013 a California newspaper printed an essay that was sent in to be read by anyone interested in a specific topic. The newspaper printed the essay in it’s original form. Ladies and gentleman boys and girls it was a monumental disgrace written by a high school junior male student. It was ignorance personified pertaining to grammar and spelling. It is a sure bet that the junior student was nailed to the cross by friends and relatives. It not, he certainly should have been.
The sad fact is there are untold numbers of junior high and high school students in the same boat with the junior male student. Those students are going to help continue the 55% of high school graduates who must take remedial language courses when they begin their college careers. They gain no admittance into college until those courses are completed, period. Many people have to get involved, and that includes parents, students, and the schools.
The following is going to be helpful information for parents and their student children. The neighborhood is also a very helpful place.
Words are used to make sentences, and sentences are used to make paragraphs. Paragraphs are put together to build stories and books, and in order to have well composed paragraphs, sentences have to be correctly written.
Kinds of Sentences
1. DECLARATIVE-makes a statement and ends with a period. (.) John loves dogs.
2. INERROGATIVE-asks a questions and ends with A QUESTION MARK. (?) Who is going?
3. EXCLAMATORY-expresses strong feeling and ends with an exclamation mark. (!) Catch the dog! Hurry! Dad is calling you!
4. IMPERATIVE-gives a command that is urgent. It can end with a period or an exclamation mark. You must keep good records. Do it now!
1. SIMPLE-makes only one complete thought. My cat loves me and his cat food.
2. COMPOUND-makes two complete thoughts joined by conjunction. (and, or, but). He sings the songs, but he sings to fast. Mary loves to sing, and she practices every day. John, get up at seven o’ clock, or you will be late.
3. COMPLEX-makes one complete thought with an added incomplete thought. The picnic was cancelled because of the rain.
4. COMPOUND-COMPLEX-two complete thoughts with an added incomplete thought. With all that TV noise, you cannot concentrate well, and you will make many errors.
*** When you write sentences-begin with a capital letter-end with a punctuation mark-spell words correctly-use complete and the coma correctly.