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Writing Conventions
The rules that make your students' writing perfect!
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Choosing the BetterSenten
Choosing the BetterSenten
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Before they can write effective paragraphs and essays, students need to learn the conventions that make writing work.
1.spelling2.punctuation3.capitalization4.grammar
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The first writing convention:Spelling
correct spelling makes students' written languageclearto readers -- incorrect spelling can cause confusioncorrect spelling shows students arecareful- incorrect spelling looks sloppyHelp your students see that correct spelling lends credibility to their writing.
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Another writing convention:Punctuation
Punctuation is needed for sentences tomake senseand for thereader's experienceto be more enjoyable. Note the following sentence without any punctuation at all:Let's eat GrandmaThis is not a clear or logical (or pleasant) sentence.
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Punctuation tells readers when tostart, stop, slow down, pause, and whether it's aquestionorstatement.
Let's eat, Grandma!It's a wonder what a difference a little comma can make...Try this example with your students; it should drive the point home.
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A third writing convention:Capitalization
Students easily learn to begin every sentence with a capital letter, as well as every person's name (first, middle, or last).Other rules help distinguish between general objects or ideas and significant or specific ones. Certain conventions, such as titles, impose yet more rules. So it is important to expose your students to all the various rules.
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Other words needing capitalization:
1.proper nouns2.names of specific places3.titles of books, magazines, movies, and so on4.days and monthsCapitalization helps us know quickly what types of nouns we're dealing with, without our having to stop and figure it out.
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The final writing convention:Grammar
Grammar is the structure of the language. It prescribes ways to put words together to form intelligible sentences.The rules of grammar help make the language we use understandable to everyone. Without them, communication would be confusing. That said, some of the rules themselves can be confusing to students.This is where your role is so important. With the help of printable exercises and even online games, your students can learn to master grammar.
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Grammar teaches us theright orderof words. Which sentence is correct?
The man walked the dog.ORThe dog walked the man.We know the first sentence is right, because we know grammar.
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