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Yo! Conventions!

Dianne Parks


After reviewing the trait of conventions through a teacher directed activity, students perform their stories to show that to make their ideas clear, good use of conventions is a must.


The student uses conventions of punctuation (including but not limited to, commas in a series, dates, and addresses; quotation marks to indicate dialogue; apostrophes to indicate singular possession; periods in abbreviations).


- A copy of the book YO! YES? by Chris Raschka, 1993, New York, Orchard Books
- Paper
- Pencil
- Chart paper
- Markers
- Writing sample (see attached file)


1. Obtain a copy of the book titled YO!YES! Raschka, Chris, New York, Orchard Books, 1993.
2. Put up one sheet of chart paper.
3. Get markers.


1. Ask students, -What are conventions?- List answers on the board.

2. Tell students that today they are going to learn about the importance of conventions in writing.

3. Divide students in to groups of two or three. Each group will need a sheet of paper and a pencil.

4. Tell students that you are going to read a story aloud to them and that they are to write down key words from the story. (Do not let students see the book title, until later.)

5. Tell them to write the words in the order that you say them.

6. After reading the story, ask students to work in their groups to add punctuation marks to make their stories flow and have meaning.

7. Let each group perform their stories. Compare how different groups of students changed the punctuation of their stories and see if the meaning changes from version to version as a result.

8. Now share the original story with the students. Ask students, -Does the original resemble any of the groups' versions? Are there twists and changes in meaning in their versions compared to the author's that are due to changes in punctuation?-

9. Have a serious discussion about making ideas clear in their writing, good use of conventions are a must.

10. Distribute sample writing. Have students correct the writing sample by adding the correct conventions.


Each student will be involved in performing their version of the story demonstrating the conventions used to convey the meaning of the text. Students will correct a writing sample by putting in the correct conventions (see attached file). The corrected writing sample will be a formative assessment of the student's learning.


For SLD students, put the sentences on sentence strips and give each child one sentence to correct. Then have them put their sentences together to create the story.

Attached Files

The writing activity for this lesson on conventions.     File Extension: pdf

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