Conventions are the grammatical
correctness in the piece of writing. The writer must follow rules of
grammar to ensure easy readability. Your spelling and grammar usage must
follow rules. Using capitals and punctuation correctly in all paragraphs
is key to good Convention Use!
Conventions are the rules of the road to good writing. They are the common patterns of grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and capitalization that readers expect when they read. Think of the last novel you read that you noticed a mistake. Wasn't it easy to pick out? A reader may not even notice when you are following the rules because they are caught up in your story, but if your story has mistakes the reader quickly looses interest, as the number of mistakes increases. They become distracted from your good planning and ideas because of the misuse of the conventions. It is very important that writers learn editing and proofreading skills!
Ideas for Training Students to Use Conventions
5. What are
6. Literacy Skill lessons.
Rehearse the Process of Revision : Can I read it out loud without having
to stop when the word is unfamiliar? Can someone else read my story
without stopping and starting? Have I looked up words I know look like
they are misspelled? Have I indented paragraphs? Have I put quotes
around words people say? Have I given people who say something a new
2. Teach students The writing process:
3. Use the 5 Ws and How rule to revise their writing.
Teach students to show the action, not tell it.
5. Have checklists in the beginning of portfolios and displayed (see # 7) in classroom.
6. When marking student papers use three colors. Usually the color of stop signs. Green, yellow, red.
7. Assign student proofreaders. Students who are very good at picking out mistakes. Make a rule that these students must be consulted if the teacher is busy with another student.
8. In small groups:
9. Use Grammar conventions