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Help your young writers to improving their writing with this Common Core writing tool! Print or display the poster on your smartboard. Use the checklist when conferencing. Writers earn bananas for each item on the checklist they demonstrated. Tally up the bananas for a score for each piece. Set a goal for the number of bananas that need to be earned to receive the award. The award can be just the paper certificate. Or, pair the certificate with a banana, banana flavored candy or another incentive.
Use with daily writing prompts in Resource Room or in Writing Lab to meet these Common Core Language Standards:
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.
Capitalize dates and names of people.
Use end punctuation for sentences.
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