This front and back copy has the basic conventions (and some advanced) middle schoolers need to master. We print out a copy for each student on colored card stock and the students keep it in their writing folders. Any time they are writing, the kids have the Conventions Cheat Sheet out on their tables for quick reference, but, mostly, for reminder that they are supposed to draft using their best conventions!
On the Conventions Cheat Sheet you will find, the rules for capitalization, basic comma rules, paragraph rules, dialogue rules, spelling rules - focusing on homophones, verb tense, ending punctuation and possession.
We use the Conventions Cheat Sheet to support mini-lessons and for direct instruction during our writer's conferences.
We, also, email a copy home, asking the parents to have the chart available for their children during homework time.