Teaching Written Conventions in Context Introduction

This resource focuses on the use of model sentences to teach written conventions in context. Teaching students to attend to written conventions while reading will help them learn how to successfully use conventions in their own writing. Mentor sentences are also referred to as model sentences in this resource.

This resource uses original content from the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies: Focus on Writing (TALA Writing) professional development. Any handout numbers in this resource refer to the original TALA Writing handouts.

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After reviewing Handout 14, locate the Supporting English Language Learners and Supporting Students With Learning Disabilities handouts from the handout packet. Read the handouts.

From  the Invitational Grammar and Editing Process described in Everyday Editing (Stenhouse, 2007) by Jeff Anderson.

Instructional Strategies for Teaching Conventions in Context

In this section, you will practice using model sentences to teach conventions in context.

Locate Handout 15: Using Commas After Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses and Handout 16: Teaching Grammar in Context: Sentence Workspace from the handout packet. Review Handout 15. Refer to both handouts as you watch the video.

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Complete the activity for the Imitate section on page 1 of Handout 16.

Breaking Apart and Combining Sentences

In this section, you will practice breaking apart and combining sentences to create new sentences. 

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Note: Please refer to Handout 15 (found in your handout packet) for more information about the Collect and Write/Revise sections; these sections are not covered in this short video.

Now it is your turn. Follow the directions and complete the activities for both of the Break Apart/Combine sections on page 2 of Handout 16.