Hear Punctuation for Writing

Hear Punctuation for Writing

Another key component to reading fluency is how students break phrases and word groupings among sentences. A huge area to work on in classroom instruction includes their attention to punctuation marks when reading. Weak readers tend to read right through punctuation...
Crown a Conventions Court

Crown a Conventions Court

In the late spring, young writers tend to find their writers’ fluency. They are writing faster and faster, longer and longer. This is a great sign that their writers’ muscles are growing. Unfortunately, with all these details flowing, students tend to...
Reading Punctuation is Essential for Fluency

Reading Punctuation is Essential for Fluency

Once several weeks of school are behind you, you’ve got a pretty good gauge of your students’ convention skills. And how is their use of punctuation? Accurate and purposeful…or neglected and absent? It’s not uncommon for students to look at...
Write About Conventions Characters

Write About Conventions Characters

Here is a terrific writing sample that was sent to Smekens Education in the mail from Melody Wolff, who teaches at Homan Elementary (Schererville, IN). The voice in this piece is fabulous! “Period girl stopped a sentence.” This young writer is exactly...
Hear Punctuation for Writing

Hear Punctuation

Another key component to reading fluency is how students break phrases and word groupings among sentences. A huge area to work on in classroom instruction includes their attention to punctuation marks when reading. Weak readers tend to read right through punctuation...