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Writing (Punctuation and Grammar)

Writing (Punctuation and Grammar)
Plants Punctuation - Can your pupils add the correct punctuation to these sentences? Contributed by Carol Vincent. Punctuation Posters - A set of 11 brilliant posters (in PDF), outlining the uses of different types of punctuation. Contributed by Neil Hedworth. Capital Letters / Full Stops: Traffic Lights - Use this very simple methods to reinforce when capital letters and full stops are needed.

Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations Common Proofreading Symbols Common Proofreading Abbreviations (The abbreviation would appear in the margin, probably with a line or arrow pointing to the offending element.) Some Online Aids on Proofreading and Editing Editing and Rewriting (from the Guide to Grammar and Writing) "Revising Your Writing" from Paradigm "Editing Your Writing" from Paradigm Proofreading Strategies — from Bowling Green University Guide to Grammar and Writing Learning Center Capital Community College Education Everyone knows that using apostrophes in the right spots is important, but putting apostrophe's in the wrong place's can make your childs writing look pretty disasterou's! So how can you help you child get control of this puny but powerful punctuation mark? Here's a creative and engaging activity to get your child on track with that pesky little line: What You Need: Old magazines and/or newspapers Scissors Glue sticks White piece of poster paper What You Do: Tell your child that you both are going to go on an apostrophe hunt to see how they are used. By Vanessa Genova DeSantis Vanessa Genova DeSantis has been teaching for fourteen years in public and private school settings in grades 4-8.

Goals and Techniques for Teaching Grammar The goal of grammar instruction is to enable students to carry out their communication purposes. This goal has three implications: Students need overt instruction that connects grammar points with larger communication contexts. Students do not need to master every aspect of each grammar point, only those that are relevant to the immediate communication task. Overt Grammar Instruction Adult students appreciate and benefit from direct instruction that allows them to apply critical thinking skills to language learning. Teach the grammar point in the target language or the students' first language or both. An important part of grammar instruction is providing examples. Be sure the examples are accurate and appropriate. Relevance of Grammar Instruction In the communicative competence model, the purpose of learning grammar is to learn the language of which the grammar is a part. Compare the traditional model and the communicative competence model for teaching the English past tense:

Word Study Activities from Words Their Way Word Study Activities from Words Their Way The following activities come from what many consider to be the bible of word study, Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, and Francine Johnston. If you like these exercises, you might consider purchasing this book--it"s packed with even more great ideas. We thank Prentice-Hall, Inc. for their permission to link to the following lessons from the Words Their Way web site. Lesson for the Letter Name-Alphabetic Stage (Pre-Kindergarten to the middle of first grade)Alphabet Sort for Different Fonts of "A" and "B" As students identify letters in differing cases and fonts, they become better able to recognize letters in new contexts. Lessons for the Letter Name-Alphabetic Stage (Reading Level of Kindergarten to the middle of Grade Two)Picture Sort for Initial F and TPicture Sort for ch, sh, and th Digraphs Word Sort for the it, ip and ill Families

Fill in the Punctuation This is an exercise in correcting a piece of text which has no punctuation. The children will need to know what the different types of punctation are, and when to use them before carrying out this activity. The text can be found here, and you are welcome to print and photocopy it for use in the classroom. The children should rewrite the text in their books making sure that they include the correct punctuation. The following pieces of punctuation need to be used: Capital letter, new paragraph, full stop, commas, question marks, speech marks, exclamation marks This is the correct version of the text: Morris the Martian was flying around the Solar System one day, when he saw a strange light in front of him. What is that? "Hello. "BOO!"

Free English Grammar Lessons and Tests Writing & Blogging Prompts, Story Topic Generators, Photo Inspiration Writing : Creative Writing & Blogging Prompts Topic Starters, Picture Prompts, and Thought-Provoking Questions for You to Answer "The best learning comes in the doing, and writing from prompts engenders doing."— Judy Reeves Many writers and bloggers seek out articles, prompts, and story starters to get their creative juices flowing. We've also listed recommended resources outside of our domain featuring more free writing prompts, story starters, daily writing exercises, visual art prompts, and writing topic generators. Writing & Photo Prompts, Tools, & Generators on Creativity Portal "Novels, short stories, flash fictions, memoirs, personal narrative and creative nonfiction, even poetry — all have found publication from their start as writing prompts." — Judy Reeves Take Ten for Writers Exercises Get creative with these exercises from Bonnie Neubauer's Take Ten for Writers! Brickstorming Your Legacy Brick What would you write on your legacy brick in 3 lines with 14 characters each?

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