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.
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.
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.
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.