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 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!