Effects of Tree Map in the Teaching of Sentence Construction among Upper Primary Pupils
Sentence construction in English Language allows pupils to express themselves in their writing. Therefore, the use of Thinking Maps such as Tree Map can build the pupils’ engagement in writing sentences correctly through the identification and classification of word classes. This study attempted to identify the Year 5 pupils’ perspectives on the effects of Tree Map for sentence construction as well as to identify the experts’ perspectives on the effects of Tree Map for sentence construction among Year 5 pupils. Seven Year 5 pupils from a primary school in Bintulu, Sarawak were involved in this case study and the data were collected using document analysis, focus group interviews, observation and reflective journal. The findings revealed that all the participants perceived interest, confidence and improvement in using Tree Map to construct sentences. Hence, Tree Map is one suitable strategy used to teach sentence construction among upper primary pupils. The findings of this study are hoped to provide some insights to the educators in using Tree Map to teach other types of sentence construction among pupils in upper primary level.
Sentence Construction, Writing, Thinking Maps, Tree Map, Upper Primary Pupils