I strategized a bit today about how to help my student understand how to use dashes. I used the About.com piece (that I referenced in my previous blog post) to help me create a five column chart to help my student look for dashes in the books she’s reading in a meaningful way since I don’t want her to use them haphazardly in her own writing without really looking at why and HOW another writer uses them in their own writing.
Click on the link below to view the table I created for my student. It can easily be adapted for other books & authors.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).