The Importance of Teaching Handwriting
INSTRUCTION: An integral part of becoming a good writer, is neat and efficient hand writing (Reading Rockets). If students are slow writers, their hands may fatigue quickly, leaving them struggling to get their ideas on paper. Additionally, there is research to show that when students are focusing on learning to print the letter "f" they are also learning the sounds simultaneously (Reading Rockets).
No Caps or Punctuation
Instruction: This recipe from BLD, helps students see the difference between a piece of work that has no capital letters or punctuation in it. This would allow for a really great discussion on why these writing conventions are necessary, beneficial and important for both the reader and writer. I think kids would really have a lot of fun with this.
Gift Bag Grammar
INSTRUCTION: This activity is aimed to help teach student about the different parts of speech. After a series of introductory lessons on parts of speech, Students brainstorm words to sort into each bag. They then split up into groups and try to makes sentences with the words that they pull (BLD). I am looking forward to using this in my class one day. It put a really fun twist on a topic that has the potential to be quite dry.
ASSESSMENT: An easy and effective way for teachers to assess their student's writing is to read it (BLD). Teachers can propose a lesson on contractions or a unit on writing paragraphs and the check each piece of work for that convention, and that convention only. It can also be effectively to watch students in small groups to see how their write and how they use particular conventions as their are completing the writing process (BLD).
Looking for Conventions
Reading Rockets talks about the benefits of teaching mini- lessons to students about the conventions of writing and then asking them to find them in real print text. Punctuation, indentation, complete sentences, contractions are all elements of writing that students could look for. An extension of this activity could ask students to edit each other's writing or the teacher's writing for proper use of certain conventions.
INSTRUCTION: Reading rockets suggests that even in the early years, teachers can being to teach students about the conventions of writing by asking them to participate in writing and editing morning messages. For example, the teacher could write in the morning "Happy Birthday _____". The teacher can then ask a child to fill in the name, of whose birthday is it to complete the sentence. Each day the teacher could bring up another convention of writing, and ask a child to interact with the…
Fix the Morning Message: Providing Meaningful Practice with Editing and Revising
ASSESSMENT: " Fix the Morning Message" the BLD suggests that one of the best ways to assess student writing conventions is through watching them write or correct writing. This is a simple activity that asks students to correct the punctuation and spelling on the morning message. This is an informal way that teachers can see where their students are at.
The BLD (2018) suggests that when students are given the opportunity to explore many different sentences, they will begin to develop a sense of fluency. In this activity students use clues in the words like capital letters and punctuation to create sentences that "make sense" (OME, grade one, comprehension strategies, p.39).