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).

Period Girl -- 6 Traits of Writing Conventions Character

The voice in this piece is fabulous! “Period girl stopped a sentence.” This young writer is exactly right! That’s exactly what a period does. Students need to understand the purpose of punctuation marks before they will utilize them accurately, intentionally, and consistently. That said, consider challenging students to think of a punctuation mark as a person and the role it plays in writing. Students could write about Captain Capital, Spaceman/Space girl or Proper Noun Prince/Princess.

These made-up convention characters may be just the review your students need to finally master these marks. Thanks for sharing, Melody!

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