First Grade Writing:

-Emphasize - end marks (.  !  ?)

-Contractions:  I am = I'm     is not = isn't

-Dialogue:  "I like to eat pizza," said John.

- Using CAPITAL LETTERS 1.  Beginning of each sentence.

2.  Holidays

3. Months

4. Days of the Week

5. Titles: Mrs. Miss Ms. Mr. and Dr.

- each sentence should have a (WHO and a WHAT)

                             The cat ran outside.

- details into a sentence

                              The fluffy cat ran outside into the garden.

- correct formation of letters---neatness

-Nouns -- people, places, animals, and things (objects you can touch)

Compound Words:  butter  + fly = butterfly  pop + corn = popcorn

Homophones - words that sound the same but are spelled differently:    see     sea     won    one    ate    eight

Antonyms - words that are opposites:  big/small   wet/dry

Endings for plurals:  cat(s), box(es), patch(es), bush(es), bus(es), baby(ies)-change the /y/ to an /i/ and add -es

What are the stages of the writing process?

Prewriting - Anything you do before you write (Gathering information, doing research, using a graphic organizer, or outlining).

Writing - Writing a first draft of you story or paper. This is the time to get your thoughts down on paper. Spelling and punctuation are not the main focus at this stage.

Revising - At this stage you should reread your paper, share your paper with someone else, and add details to fill in blanks in your story, and sometimes you will need to remove things that do not belong in your story.

Editing - This is the stage where you should check for things such as correcting grammar errors, spelling mistakes, making sure your name is on your paper, etc.

Publishing - Check for proper format (newspaper, letter, essay, etc.), Share product with appropriate audience. Focus on format and appearance.

What are the 6 + 1 Traits?

Ideas: The ideas are the heart of the message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with the details that enrich and develop that theme.

Organization Organization is the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning, the logical and sometimes intriguing pattern of the ideas. The piece has a beginning, middle and an end.

Voice The voice is the heart and soul, the magic, the will, along with the feeling and conviction of the individual writer coming out through the words. The reader should feel the enthusiasm of the writer.

Word Choice:  Word choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that moves and enlightens the reader.

Sentence Fluency:  Sentence fluency is the rhythm and flow of the language, the sound of work patterns, and the way in which the writing plays to the ear - not just to the eye. The sentences should be clear and easy to read.

Conventions Conventions are the mechanical correctness of the piece - spelling, grammar and usage, paragraphing, use of capitals, and punctuation.

+1 Presentation Presentation zeros in on the form and layout of the text and its readability: the piece should be pleasing to the eye.

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