Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Loved That Lesson! Punctuation Power

It's time again for "Loved That Lesson"...and today I thought I'd share a simple lesson I did last week that seemed to make things a little more clear for my students!


If your students are like mine, recognizing where to put periods and other end punctuation is really challenging.  I get a TON of run on sentences in my class..."I love to play football it is my favorite sport." seems to be one of the trickiest writing problems to fix.  They just don't seem to "hear" where one idea ends and another starts.  So...I set that as my goal--to help them "hear" where to end a sentence.  Here was the sequence I used.

First of all, I talked about wanting the students to really listen as I did our read aloud--and I really stressed those pausing points, the questions, and the exclamation points.
Then I wrote a simplistic paragraph and left out ALL punctuation.  We worked together to put it in where it belonged.
I then sent my students back to study their own writing and to hunt for places to put in missing punctuation.  I then asked them to highlight some of their "favorite" sentences...sentences that conveyed an idea very clearly or in a descriptive or interesting way.  They had to confirm with a partner that it WAS a full sentence.
I then gave each student a sentence strip to record or "publish" their best sentence.
They traced over it with thin marker to make it pop!
I can't wait to hang them all up in our "Sentence Museum"--it was a great way to "publish" work in one quick work time and to start to build our understanding of quality writing.  Want to check out more great ideas?  See what other lessons "link up" below!



4 comments:

  1. I love your lesson! I always have this problem with my fifth graders, and it is SO difficult getting them to correct their run-on sentences! They just don't even see them, no matter how many times we go over their writing. We're about to choose a quickwrite and take it through the writing cycle. Before we do that, I love the idea of them doing some revising on quickwrites. Thanks so much for sharing this!!
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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  2. Punctuation is ALWAYS a struggle! Great idea for making it more fun! Thanks for sharing! My link up goes live tomorrow.

    Teresa
    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie

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  3. Thank you for this post!! This is EXACTLY what I needed! My kiddos do the same thing! And I NEVER know how to fix that!! I love your lesson! I'm going to do this starting tomorrow (or Tuesday, if we don't have power tomorrow) ;)
    Thanks again!
    Jamie
    Thrills in Third Grade

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  4. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a run-on sentence like the one you listed above, I would be rich!! I love the idea of a sentence museum where students showcase their best sentences!

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