A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation: Helping Young Writers Use Conventions with Precision and Purpose

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Scholastic Inc., 2002 - Education - 144 pages
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How do you teach punctuation in a way that students remember and apply to their own writing? With these mini-lessons, and partner and small-group activities, students catch on to the power of punctuation by looking at how favorite authors use it and by noticing it in advertising, newspapers, and all kinds of text. The author shares great ideas for using picture books and big books, chapter books and more for learning about commas, capitalization, dashes, ellipses, and more. Suddenly, students are motivated to improve the punctuation in their own writing, because they see how punctuation is used by writers they admire. Includes lots of punctuation practice ideas, teaching ideas for all year, lessons, and tips for conferring with students about their work. For use with Grades 2-5.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
4
Foreword by Luy McCornick Calkins
5
The Theory Behind My Thinking
7
Planning for a Year of Pnnctnation Work
14
Starting With What Students Know and Notice A First Unit of Study in Punctuation
37
Building on Students Knowledge FollowUp Units of Study
53
Hearing Punctuation Read Aloud and Other Oral Reading Activities
64
Conferring With Children How It Informs Our Punctuation MiniLessons
76
Reading and Writing by the Book Weaving Punctuation Study into a LiteratureBased Program
88
Passionate About Punctuation Conducting Advanced Studies
100
Losing the Red Pen Evaluating Written Conventions
121
Some Closing Thoughts
132
of Professional Books and Articles
135
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Janet Angelillo is a staff developer affiliated with the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia Teachers' College.

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