Apostrophe Detectives

Nov 6, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy: Writing conventions Mentor Text Suggestions: Alphie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue The Girl’s Like Spaghetti by Lynne Truss Greedy Apostrophe by Jan Carr The Perfect Pop-Up Punctuation Book by Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels Description: This lesson focuses on apostrophes, but the procedures can be used for any writing convention. I noticed that my students were very confused about the proper usage of apostrophes. As with anything new, learners tend to overuse punctuation–some of them even started using apostrophes in every plural noun (“I have three cat’s.” “The flower’s are blooming.”). I decided to launch an investigation that we called “Apostrophe Detectives.” Each student searched through their independent reading books for words that contained apostrophes and wrote both the word and the phrase or sentence that contained the word. Next I...

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