30 short Daily Oral Language (DOL) Paragraphs + Teacher Key + Clause Handout:
These 30 short paragraphs align with Sean Covey’s principles addressed in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, but obviously they can be used even if you’re not using his text.
Each paragraph has NO punctuation whatsoever, and the assignment is to add it where appropriate and correct incorrectly used grammar. This is a 20 page Word document, so you can alter font or content as you wish.
I have students work independently on a single DOL paragraph to begin every class period (bell-ringer activity). After they have corrected each paragraph on their own, I project this document onto the whiteboard and correct it with them. I ask students to use a colored marker to make their corrections as I walk them through the sentences so I can quickly glance at their papers and see how they’re doing with and without my help.
I have also included my “What the heck is a clause?” handout here as well, which I use as a review prior to starting the DOL practice.
IF YOU'RE TEACHING COVEY'S TEXT THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS, CHECK OUT MY 7 HABITS BUNDLE BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS, AS THIS CURRICULUM IS INCLUDED IN THAT BUNDLE.
Keywords: grammar exercises, mechanics exercises, mini-lesson, writing exercises, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens People, bell ringer activity, daily writing practice