Are you unsure how to teach conventions, especially within the requirements of the CCSS? Do you dread teaching punctuation, grammar and usage, or capitalization? We know that teaching these conventions is difficult, and often teachers hate it as much as their students!
This booklet presents a research-based overview of how, when, and where to teach conventions. Teachers will appreciate our handy chart that shows where conventions fall in the Writing (W) Standards and Language (L) Standards. We also show you how conventions fit into the writing process that you may already be using in your classroom. Or, if you use a Traits-based approach to writing, we can help you also, showing you where conventions fit. We have even selected mentor texts to help teach the Conventions Trait, even giving you specific suggestions of standards-aligned mentor texts for each grade, K-12.
Before randomly selecting grammar worksheets or assigning writing prompts, take a few minutes to read our Pattycakes introduction to writing in the Common Core era. We think you will be glad that you allowed yourself this time for reflective practice on teaching writing - plus you might get some great ideas for new mentor texts!