Start by compiling a list of non-parallel sentences from student essays and providing each student with a copy. (Sentences from parallel structure worksheets will work also, but student-generated sentences are more authentic and usually more complex.)
Give students the following list of “parallel structure signal words”:
- signal words for coordinate ideas: and, but, or, neither, nor
- signal words for comparison and contrast: than, as well as, as much as
- signal words for correlative constructions: neither/nor, either/or, not only/but also
Tune in next time for another specific strategy for connecting grammar and writing in your classroom!
(This strategy comes from Burnette Writing Process, available from DGP Publishing, Inc.)