This semester, in an effort to help my students recognize writing conventions in the texts they're reading, I implemented Conventions Reading. I knew it was time to introduce my students to this type of reading because many of them confused one punctuation mark with another (they would call an apostrophe a comma), they would randomly insert commas where they didn't need them, many either weren't capitalizing in places where they needed to or they capitalized in random places such as in the middle of words/sentences, and other mistakes I could fill up an entire blog post with.
Using the aforementioned mistakes as my rationale for introducing them to Conventions Reading, I also explained that I'd noticed too many of them zipping right through editing (they would edit one paragraph or one page, but not the rest of their pieces). To begin this lesson, I asked them to write down our goal for Conventions Reading:
- Recognize writing conventions in the texts we're reading.