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 focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
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).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.