Imagine a resource students could keep with them while writing that could help them with grammar and conventions, give writing scaffolds to prevent writer's block, and be a storage of mentor sentences from students' reading that they'd like to try out in their writing. This resource exists right here! The "Student Writing Companion" designed specifically for middle school writers includes the following resources:
-A cover page where students write their name
-A list of commonly used homophones
-A chart of capitalization rules with examples
-A chart of comma rules with examples
-A list of commonly misspelled and misused words
-A chart of punctuation symbols, names, purposes, and examples
-A reference page about simple, compound, and complex sentences
-A list of transition words and phrases
-A place to store "Writing Treasures" such as words, mentor sentences, and dialogue tags students find in their reading that they'd like to try out in their writing.
-A place to store beginnings and endings from books and mentor texts that students find that they'd late like to mimic in their writing.
-A place to store "Writing Territories" for different genres of writing so that students become familiar with what topics are their "go to" interests to write about.
-Nonfiction lead strategies, how to use them, and examples
-Fiction lead strategies, how to use them, and examples
Empower students to take the lead in their own writing, be confident in their writing conventions, and track ideas they'd like to try in their writing through the Student Writing Companion. It will be a resource your students use from the first day of school to the last in conjunction with Writing Workshop or any type of writing time students have, even in classes beyond English Language Arts.
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