Students falling over themselves to proofread?! This is what happened in my classroom when I put up this bulletin board--before I even had a chance to introduce it! Students immediately gravitated to the board from the first day and began puzzling out the solutions, with no direction from me! With this interactive bulletin board or literacy center, students examine cards showing pictures of real-world writing errors made by adults who ought to know better. Students identify the error(s) on the card and then rewrite the example correctly. What student wouldn't want to best an adult?
This 72-page e-book contains 69 error cards showing pictures of real-world writing mistakes such as spelling, apostrophe use, homophone confusion, sentence structure, run-ons, fragments, unnecessary quotation marks, capitalization, and more. I even include tips for adding to your error card collection! Because I enjoy design (and couldn't make up my mind), the book also includes 6 different styles of titles with matching themed support materials, answer keys, and complete student and teacher directions for both the bulletin board and the center. Sample images of the bulletin board and the center are provided as a guide.
I have marked this resource for grades 4-6, but it is easily adaptable to almost any classroom or level. Simply choose the error cards that match the skills your students need to practice. You can make it easier by labeling the cards with included tags showing the type and/or number of errors. For the cards that contain multiple errors, you may choose to have students look for just one error as an intervention or all errors for gifted students. With this range of levels in mind, I have included titles labeled for 1st-8th grades as well as a couple of titles showing teenagers for use in the high school setting or beyond.
- Use with ELL or special needs students who are struggling to proofread or need practice in particular skills.
- Make additional literacy center packets to send home for extra practice.
- Put the bulletin board up in a school hallway or common area and challenge all students to submit answers. You could draw one winning solution from all submitted and allow that student to read the solution on the morning broadcast.
- Have a student teacher, intern, peer helper, or gifted class maintain the bulletin board and check the answers.
- Recognize student solutions in your classroom newsletter or on your class website.
- Post correct student solutions on the bulletin board next to the error card.
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Grammar Fail! Bulletin Board or Literacy Center Pack by Anna M. Colley
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