USA Today

Writing Complex Sentences in the Twitter Age

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“Last semester, my freshman composition students were having more trouble than usual writing multipart college-level thesis statements.

After repeatedly lecturing on the importance of drafting papers before revising for concise diction and syntax, I noticed the majority of my students switched on cell phones as soon as I dismissed class.

Then, it hit me; many emerging college writers have difficulty crafting long, complex sentences as a result of the overexposure to social media tools like text messaging and Twitter.”

The original article was published by USA Today on April 16, 2012. Read the full version here.