The Web Files by Margie Palatini

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

Web Files, The is the story of two Ducktectives trying to solve a case.  Ducktective Web and his partner, Bill, have been called to the farm. All of the vegetables are vanishing! Will they be able to find the culprit and solve the mystery?

Note: This is one of my favorite resources to use to model the use of conventions to students.  This was originally posted on Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books on May 18, 2009.

Lesson idea: Read the book aloud once to your students. Discuss what would happen if the book did not have conventions. Provide an excerpt of the book with the punctuation marks removed as a model for the whole class. Read each sentence and think aloud for the students as you determine the punctuation marks that are necessary. After, provide another excerpt with the punctuation marks removed for the students to work on with a partner.  Eventually, have students edit writing pieces for missing conventions.

**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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