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1 The sixth element of the ConventionsThe sixth element of the6 + 1 Writing TraitsPowerPoint Modified from a lesson found at Point
2 What are conventions? Spelling Punctuation Capitalization Grammar ParagraphingHaving correct conventions means that the reader can pay more attention to your creative thoughts and ideas.
3 For starters…Do not let conventions slow down your writing…. Write, write, write…While writing, don’t stop to look up the spelling in the dictionary, etc. Circle the word in question and come back to it later.When you’re writing and you feel stumped, alert yourself to return, but don’t stop altogether.Model this technique
4 Spelling Look it up in the dictionary or on your dictionary app Unacceptable Excuses:I am a bad speller!Spell Check auto-corrected it this way.Remedies:Look it up in the dictionary or on your dictionary appProofread: Ask a friend, parent or teacherLook at the resources around you
5 Punctuation Know the different types of punctuation. period . comma , question mark ?exclamation point !colon :hyphen –ellipse …parentheses ( )How are all of these punctuation marked used?
6 Capitalization When do I use capital letters? Names of people – Christopher ColumbusWords used as names – NanaTitles used as names – President ObamaAbbreviations – NFLProper Nouns – New York CityHistorical Information – Civil WarOrganizations - Republican
7 Capitalization continued Geographic Names – Yokosuka, Kanagawa-shiNationalities – JapaneseLanguages – SpanishTitles – WonderFirst Words – The sky is blue.Days & Months – Monday, SeptemberHolidays – Labor DayGreetings – Dear Charlie,Closings – Your friend, Margo
8 Grammar Check all your sentences. Do your subjects & verbs agree? Do you have sentence fragments or run-on sentences that don’t work? (Refer back to the sentence fluency trait)Do your subjects & verbs agree?Yuki walk to the fishing hole. (nope)Tyrone, Shaun, and Amy loves to go fishing. (nope)* Read aloud to check; share with your “editor”
9 ParagraphingA paragraph is a group of sentences that concentrate on one topic.Indent each time you begin a new topic.Most paragraphs should include a…Topic sentence – tells what the paragraph is aboutBody – detail sentences that back up the main ideaClosing sentence – sums up the big ideaDiscuss how some ideas can be shortened paragraphs, especially dialogue.
10 ConventionsIn order to be good at editing you need to develop an eye for mistakes.Check everythingCheck it againRead it out loudHave a friend check itIt is hard to edit your own paper because you know what you want to say, although that may not be what is written on the page.Some teachers think it’s the most important trait… however, it’s one trait! But know that you are JUDGED by your conventions expertise. Show them what you’ve got!