How can students be sure that their writing has correct use of Capital letters, Order of words makes sense, the right Punctuation, and accurate Spelling? Call out the COPS with this mnemonic to help them remember to check each sentence for these important components used by successful writers! Stop and Look! Follow the rules for accurately written sentences by using COPS to reinforce correct usage.
At first, students use the COPS mnemonic with the policeman graphic on the poster, bookmarks, explanation reminders, and practice worksheets to help them remember to use Capitals, word Order, Punctuation, and Capital letters correctly. As they become more familiar with the COPS mnemonic, students are encouraged to write their own small COPS beside or near sentences they are composing and use these letters to help review their completed work. The students slash each letter as they check and make any needed edits to their sentences. First, C as they find the capital letters needed in their sentence, next O when the order of the words makes sense that nothing was omitted or out of order, then P when correct punctuation is located, and finally S as they check each word for proper spelling.
Tweeee! Tweeeee! Blow the whistle on these common writing errors and have students incorporate COPS to follow the rules to great writing.
This 9 page packet includes:
(1) Cover sheet poster to introduce the mnemonic of COPS
(2) Bookmarks with the policeman graphic and COPS - Capitals,
Order, Punctuation, Spelling listed / 3 identical bookmarks on one
page / may be used for quick reference in writing or reading
(3) Reminder explanations of COPS that may be copied and included
in reading or writing journals for quick reference / 2 identical
explanations on one page
(4) Four different practice worksheets that include the COPS graphic
and reminder explanation to be used on two sentences with
directions to circle the errors (the number of errors is given in
parentheses at the end of each sentence) and write the sentences
(5) One template with the same COPS graphic reminder explanation
and directions as shown on the practice worksheets listed in (4)
that can be adapted to your own classroom needs
(6) One "Write It Right" practice worksheet / 2 identical sentences on
one page where students practice editing skills by adding
their own handwritten COPS to check their work