The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes by Lynne Truss

May Theme:  Conventions

For the first half of 2011, I will take time to focus on picture books that you can use with each of the Six Traits of Writing.  Each month will be dedicated to a new trait.

December 2010 – Ideas

January 2011 – Organization

February 2011 – Voice

March 2011 – Word Choice

April 2011 – Sentence Fluency

This month’s theme is Conventions.  What would a copy editor need to do to prepare the piece for publication?

Recommended Grades: 3-5

The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes! is part of a series of books on conventions (see last week’s post).  This particular book is specifically about the use of apostrophes and how apostrophes change meaning depending on whether they are placed in a sentence.  A fun read that will often make kids laugh out loud. 

Lesson idea:  Read aloud this book and discuss the use of apostrophes.  Model how to determine where to put an apostrophe in several sentences that you provide.  Have students write their own set of sentences that need apostrophes.  Have them switch with a partner and edit the sentences for apostrophes.  Have students independently write and illustrate sentence pairs placing the apostrophe or removing it to change the meaning.  Compile all student sentence pairs into a class book to place in your writing center as a resource for editing.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about sentence fluency or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

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