Category Archive: conventions

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?

Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

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My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals 

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Check out these quick, easy grammar lessons that will clean up and power up your students’ writing.

Micro-Workshop: Making Time for Conventions and Grammar

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How do you find time to put a focus on the littlest pieces of our writing to create big pieces of work?

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

Where Do We Go Next? Use a Checklist!

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Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?

Do you need a copy editor?

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I don’t have a professional proofreader at my disposal (though I wish I did!). I know spell check isn’t a fool-proof method for getting my writing ready to go out into the world. But now I have Grammarly, a proofreading web application that finds and explains in-depth grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes online.

Grammar Lessons: A Time and A Place

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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.

Grammar Matters + a Book Giveaway

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Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.

Does “Published” Need to be “Perfect?”

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There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.

More on the Writing Continuum

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It’s late, but I promised to post more about the writing continuum work in fourth grade. Thankfully one of the fourth grade teachers has already documented the early work on her blog. Click… Continue reading

Conventionally Speaking

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Just a little list of some things that are on my mind about conventions and teaching conventions and using (or not using) conventions. Conventions are important. Learning to use them in Standard English… Continue reading

Paragraphs — Part II

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I took your wise words and put them together in a chart. It’s hanging in my office because I love how it is a reminder of the power of collaboration. It also restores… Continue reading

Paragraphs — Part I

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How do you know when to start a new paragraph? Yep, that’s all for this post. Do some thinking and then leave an answer in the comments. It’s an important question and one… Continue reading

Best First Draft

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When students move from their notebook to draft, I encourage them to write their best first draft. (Click here to see other posts I’ve written about best first drafts.) Something that I’m always… Continue reading

How many exclamation points should one use to end a sentence?

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I changed the way I used exclamation points as a result of reading Dan Feigelson’s Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. Prior to reading Feigelson’s book I was… Continue reading

Editing Wonderings

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I’ve been thinking a lot about editing and conventions and writing workshop. My ideas keep twirling around and I’m trying to grab hold, but they don’t seem to want to be pinned down… Continue reading

Misused Apostrophes

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The day I went into labor with my daughter I was transferred from a labor and delivery room to a postpartum patient room back to a labor and delivery room.  By the time… Continue reading

Punctuating Dialogue

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Have you ever noticed how challenging it is for kids to punctuate dialogue correctly?  (Let’s be honest… there are many adults who have this problem too!)  I’m not in favor of utilizing grammar… Continue reading

Genre Choice

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Going into the last leg of the school year, I’d like to take a minute to encourage you to empower students to chose the genre they are going to write. It is important… Continue reading