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  • 1. Conventions The sixth element of the 6 + 1 Writing Traits
  • 2. What are conventions?  Spelling  Punctuation  Capitalization  Grammar  Paragraphing Having correct conventions means that the reader can pay more attention to your creative thoughts and ideas.
  • 3. Spelling I don’t know how to spell! I am a bad speller! You just tell me how to spell it! These excuses will not work. What should you do if you don’t know how to spell a word?  Look it up in the dictionary  Ask a friend  Look at the resources around you
  • 4. Punctuation Know the different types of punctuation.  period .  comma ,  question mark ?  exclamation point !  colon :  hyphen –  ellipse …  parentheses ( ) How are all of these punctuation marked used?
  • 5. Capitalization When do I use capital letters?  Names of people – Christopher Columbus  Words used as names – grandpa  Titles used as names – President Bush  Abbreviations – NFL  Proper Nouns – New York City  Historical Information – Civil War  Organizations - Republican
  • 6. Capitalization continued  Geographic Names – Agusta, Maine  Nationalities – Egyptian  Languages – Spanish  Titles – Freckle Juice  First Words – The sky is blue.  Days & Months – Monday, January  Holidays – Easter  Greetings – Dear Charlie,  Closings – Your friend, Margo
  • 7. Grammar  Check all your sentences.   One cool fall day Tom, Bill, and Bobby. One cool fall day Tom, Bill, and Bobby went to go fishing they caught only on fish all day.  Do you have sentence fragments or run-on sentences?  Do your subjects & verbs agree?   Bill walk to the fishing hole. Tom, Bill, and Bobby loves to go fishing.
  • 8. Paragraphing  A paragraph is a group of sentences that concentrate on one topic.  Indent each time you begin a new topic.  Each paragraph should include a…  Topic sentence – tells what the paragraph is about  Body – detail sentences that back up the main idea  Closing sentence – sums up the big idea
  • 9. Conventions In order to be good at editing you need to develop an eye for mistakes. Check everything  Check it again  Read it out loud  Have a friend check it   It is hard to edit your own paper because you know what you want to say. Although that may not be what is written on the page.  Conventions is the most important of the traits.
  • 10. Back to Web Page The End