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Understanding Writing Conventions

You might hear a teacher ask you to check your writing conventions. You might even do a unit on conventions. The truth is that this is something you simply can’t escape. In order to write, you need to learn certain rules and you need to know how to check to make sure that you have followed those rules.

Spelling: You start learning to spell even before you realize it. You learn letters, you see words, and you learn the letters in your name. As you continue through school, you learn the rules of spelling and you also learn that many of the rules get broken on a regular basis.

Punctuation: Without punctuation, writing wouldn’t make much sense. Take a look at this- I didnt want to go but she told me I had to if I didnt I would never find out the truth Punctuation helps us to read something the way it is meant to be read. It helps us to know when to pause, when to read with more expression, and when to stop and start a new sentence.

Capitalization: Capitalization tells us when to begin a new sentence (along with punctuation), when something is a proper name, or when something is a title. The rules can get a little complicated, but always follow the most basic one- begin a sentence with a capital letter.

Grammar: Grammar is the structure of our language and how words are used to properly form a sentence. Again, there are plenty of rules to follow, and sometimes plenty of rules to break. Proper grammar allows you to get your point across to your readers in a way that makes it easy for them to understand.

Time4Writing provides practice in this area. Sign up for our Middle School Basic Mechanics course or browse other related courses below to find a course that’s right for you.

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