Writing Conventions - Sentence Corrections Periods and Capitals Only
Writing conventions is a poorly represented skill in our curriculums for kids these days. As the emphasis changes, typical writing conventions are placed on the backburner, yet they are such an important skill. having proper writing conventions shows a sophistication and maturity in writing, and I try to integrate writing conventions in my special education kiddo’s curriculum on a daily basis. For the life of me, I could not get my students to “remember” to capitalize the first word in their sentence, and end with a period. They actually got to the point where they would write their sentence, and once complete, go BACK, erase the first letter, capitalize, and put their period at the end. Bless their hearts, that is the routine that they got into and no matter my prompting before they began writing, that was what how they would proceed. So, as is the theme in special education – I had to go into repetition mode.
In this packet, you will find:
- 100 unique sentences, each with two errors; a missing capital at the beginning of the sentence, and punctuation (a period) at the end
- 10 pages with 10 sentences on each page
- 20 pages with 5, larger font sentences on each page. These sentences are the same as the sentences on the "small font" pages.
- 2 cover sheets if you so choose to make these sentence correction worksheets into a booklet for your students. (There is a girl cover and boy cover.)
This activity is common-core aligned with the following ELA Standards, Anchor Standards College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
I use this 34-page packet as an entry task for my students as I get their various programs and notebooks ready for their writing block. I used to try to have sentences up on the board for them to edit, but with as many groups as I have rotating through each day, I needed a sheet with ready-to-go sentences that they could get started on right away. So each day my students complete one worksheet by copying the ten (or five) sentences for the day. The only editing required of them at this point, is the capital at the beginning and period at the end. I rotate through the worksheets once a week. The sentences are simple and readable. Once I see them generalizing these two punctuation rules, I will begin introducing more editing rules. (And consequently posting more mini-packets). One idea to save paper would be to print these worksheets on cardstock, laminate, and have the students write using a Visa-Marker, so the worksheets are reusable.
The following resources were used in the making of this product:
Graphics from the Pond:
HelloFonts (Hello Literacy):
I'm Lovin' Lit:
and Kelly Benefield:
Sentence Corrections, Capitals & Periods Only (Writing Conventions CCSS Aligned)
by Jordan Nichols - The SpEd Life
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