Cohesion

Referring words set up links by referring to sentences or the context that has just been mentioned to maintain continuity and avoid repetition.

Pronouns are not generally used continually, even if there is a clear line of reference to the noun or name, as strings of pronouns can make a text flat and uninteresting.

Referring words – noun-pronoun chains

Referring words set up links by referring to sentences or the context that has just been mentioned to maintain continuity and avoid repetition. Other referring words include:

  • noun-pronoun chains.
  • demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these, those, there, (is/are).
  • interrogative pronouns: who, which, what, whose, whom.

Pronouns are not generally used continually, even if there is a clear line of reference to the noun or name, as strings of pronouns can make a text flat and uninteresting. To maintain interest, good writers use different ways of identifying nouns.

Activity 1: pronoun ice-creams

Children either cut out or draw pictures of nouns onto the ice cream.

Teacher puts the pronouns on the cones. Students match the cones and ice creams and share sentences using both the noun and the pronoun.

Activity 2: clip art pronoun starters

Using the coloured pictures available at the following web site children compete to make up (written or oral) – the best sentences using a variety of pronouns www.mycutegraphics.com/graphics/technology-kids.

Activity 3: learning federation newspaper report

Using the point of view newspaper report at Scootle look at the activities – particularly the pronoun referencing one. You will need to login via your jurisdiction or with your username/password and search for L935.

References

Australian curriculum

ACELA1491: Understand how texts are made cohesive through the use of linking devices including pronoun reference and text connectives

NSW syllabus

EN2-9B: Uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when respond

NSW literacy continuum

WRIC10M8: Aspects of writing, Cluster 10, Marker 8: Uses grammatical features such as pronouns, conjunctions and connectives to accurately link ideas and information.

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