INSTRUCTION In this teaching strategy, the teacher leads the class in discussions about writing conventions. Teacher asks students what punctuation and has students brainstorm some examples. Teacher writes a paragraph without any punctuation or capital letters to show students, has class read it aloud, then brainstorm some problems with the paragraph. Students help punctuate the paragraph. This allows students to visually see and hear the importance of writing conventions.
From the Balanced Literacy Diet. This activity is a form of direct instruction. The teacher shows the student how to form contractions. Would be fun to turn this lesson into a game, where students have to find their "contraction match".
UNDERSTANDING/ASSESSMENT/INSTRUCTION: The Importance of Teaching Handwriting includes why the teaching of handwriting is key for reading and development of writing, how to assess handwriting and activities to do.
ASSESSMENT This strategy involves students working on their writing in a lined notebook. Teacher and students brainstorm some expectations as well as topics of interest to write about. Students then spend time each day working on their writing in their notebooks. Teacher can then read and assess them and provide students with feedback and next steps in increase their understanding of writing.