INSTRUCTION: This activity is effective and engaging by using a form of media that students are familiar with to teach them how to correctly use quotation marks. The teacher shows an existing comic and discusses the use of quotations to show that someone is speaking. He then co-creates new dialogue for the comic with the class. After, the students brainstorm different comic and dialogue ideas, before creating their own using what they just learned.
INSTRUCTION: This activity is a method that teachers can use to practise writing conventions with their students. The teacher writes a morning message with errors, such as missing capitalization or punctuation. The students must then find the errors in the message and correct them. This is effective by teaching students to pay attention to writing and also starts to teach students about the importance of editing.
INSTRUCTION: This activity is an effective way to teach or remind students about the importance of writing conventions to effectively communicate a message. The teacher presents the students with a piece of writing without any capitals, periods, or spaces, then asks the students to read it together. Afterwards, they discuss why it was difficult to understand and read the writing. This can lead to a discussion on the importance of these conventions and why they are important to communicate ideas.
INSTRUCTION: These props are an effective way to remind students to add spaces between individual words. The teacher purchases appropriately-sized props that students can use to create spaces after writing each word. This is an effective strategy due to the fun nature of the props, which motivates the students to use them, and thus, remember to add their spaces. An alternative to props is for students to use their own fingers.
ASSESSMENT: This activity can be used as a formative assessment for teachers to assess students' ability to apply various writing conventions. The teacher writes a morning message with mistakes or omissions. The students' task is to identify and correct these mistakes or fill in the blanks. Teachers can assess by selecting students to come up and noticing if they are able to correctly apply the appropriate writing conventions and which ones.
ASSESSMENT: Crazy Comics is an engaging way that teachers can assess students' ability to apply writing conventions correctly. The activity can be used as a summative assessment. Students create their own comic strips, including characters, plot, and layout. They then must include dialogue, using the writing conventions they have learned to effectively deliver their message and ideas (e.g., capitalization, punctuation)
UNDERSTANDING: This article deepened my understanding of children's writing development. The article discusses in detail the different stages children move through with regards to their writing, starting with scribbling/drawing, letter-like forms and shapes, letters, letters and spaces, and finally, conventional writing and spelling.
INSTRUCTION: This activity is effective to visually show students the purpose of contractions and how they are used. The teacher shows how the individual words are combined to create a contraction, and the use and position of the apostrophe. This strategy is effective as it lets students visually see the relationship between the individual words and contracted word. Students can then generate their own contractions and write it down.