Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference:
Writing Remix 2018
Teach Grammar Skills One Mini-Lesson at a Time
Define conventions as tools and rules for writing
Introduce Calvin Conventions.
Introduce each convention skill explicitly (Day 1)
Connect a convention’s purpose to a visual trigger
Each of these lessons suggests a common toy as a corresponding visual trigger.
Align Conventions within Writing Units
Recognize the essential skills per mode
Teach the Same Grammar Skill Across Multiple Days
Convey the importance of accurate conventions
Notice & Name it. Try it. Apply it.
Prepare mentor text examples for conventions lessons.
Punctuating Dialogue ML SERIES
Remind students that the purpose of all conventions, including punctuation marks, is to aid the reader in understanding the writer’s message.
Prepositional Phrases ML SERIES
Mini-Lesson Step 3 Interactive Example
Move Toward Mastery of Convention Skills
Try the skill as a writer
Improve Basic Sentence Conventions
Stretch fragments into sentences
Push for first-draft end marks
Reread to hear punctuation.
Reinforce sentences have 2 parts
Execute a self-edit
30+ Convention Activities & Lesson Resources