Writing conventions

Writing conventions describe the features individuals incorporate throughout compositions that make them more coherent. The features range from punctuation to appropriate letter formation (Balanced Literacy Diet). This board highlights activities, resources and assessment tools to help students remember the small details needed for writing.
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The 'Complete a Comic!' video from the Balanced Literacy Diet highlights an engaging activity educators can use with junior students. I believe it is important for educators to implement activities which allow children to explore the importance of punctuation. For example, a lesson on comic writing that emphasizes quotation marks is more effective than a whole group discussion.

Using a familiar comic to model written dialogue and practice how to correctly use quotation marks fosters a motivation for literacy and builds essential ski.

To communicate effectively through print, children must learn how to write letters on a page. Many children, especially those in elementary grades, have floating letters in their words. They also place capital letters throughout words. For example, the word 'and' is often spelt 'AnD'. Educators need to explicitly and repeatedly show students how to properly form letters in their writing.

INSTRUCTIONAL: This video takes us through an educators process with printing. We effective way for students to see and be systematic about their writing. He gives us a great instructional idea for printing which promotes printing for young writers.

The Fix My Mistakes video from the Balanced Literacy Diet is an effective activity to enhance students' understanding of writing conventions. This activity also emphasizes the 'gradual release of responsibility model' discussed in the Classrooms That Work textbook. It is important for educators to model how to use punctuation and capitals in sentences, before expecting students to do so independently.

By correcting an ungrammatical sentence, students practice when and how to use capitalization and punctuation.

Educators can use success criteria checklists as a tool to help students explicitly evaluate whether their assignments contain capitals and appropriate punctuation. I believe it is important for students to understand the purpose of punctuation because it influences the meaning of their statements. For example, some of the junior students I have worked with, frequently connect their ideas with 'and' instead of using periods.

Educators can use success criteria checklists as a tool to help students explicitly evaluate whether their assignments contain capitals and appropriate punctuation. I believe it is important for students to understand the purpose of punctuation because it influences the meaning of their statements. For example, some of the junior students I have worked with, frequently connect their ideas with 'and' instead of using periods.

Providing students feed back during the writing process, is one of the most effective ways to increase their knowledge of conventions. This Ministry of Education document highlights the importance of teacher and peer feedback. In my junior placement, students enjoyed giving each other feedback on writing assignments. They used different coloured pencil crayons to provide their peers with constructive feedback.

Providing students feed back during the writing process, is one of the most effective ways to increase their knowledge of conventions. This Ministry of Education document highlights the importance of teacher and peer feedback. In my junior placement, students enjoyed giving each other feedback on writing assignments. They used different coloured pencil crayons to provide their peers with constructive feedback.

In addition to establishing success criteria that emphasizes writing conventions, educators can create individual reminders for students. For example, students at my internship have the 'writing rules' displayed on their work stations. Students are encouraged to consult to rules before submitting a written assignment. The language used in the statements is simple and easy for elementary students to understand.

In addition to establishing success criteria that emphasizes writing conventions, educators can create individual reminders for students. For example, students at my internship have the 'writing rules' displayed on their work stations. Students are encouraged to consult to rules before submitting a written assignment. The language used in the statements is simple and easy for elementary students to understand.

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