Lesson Planning of Mechanics of Writing
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Revise written work for layout, legibility, and punctuation.
Information for Teachers
- Tell the students that we always write the following things while doing our written work so that our work looks clean.
- Write the date on one side of the page.
- Write the title / topic in the Center of the first line.
- Draw margins and underline key words. Image template
- Legibility means to write with proper space between the words and correct formation and the same size of the letters.
- Introduce the mark (`) apostrophe`s` to the students. Tell them we use apostrophe to show possession of somebody on something. For example, Ali`s book, Teacher`s name, Amana’s mother, etc.
- Reinforce capitalization and punctuation. For grade III, the following basic punctuation marks needs to be recalled:
- Full stop
- Speech marks
- Question marks
- Exclamation marks.
- Pair checking is very useful technique in which a student checks the work of his/her pair.
- You must carefully monitor the pair work and help the students where necessary. Encourage them to be supportive. They must not make fun of others mistakes.
- While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult the textbook where applicable.
Material / Resources
Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, worksheet, charts, textbook
- Write some unpunctuated sentences on the board, as such;
- Ask the students what is wrong with the sentences?
- Rewrite the sentence with the help of the students, using the correct punctuation;
Discuss worksheet 1, activity 1, for revision of punctuation marks.
- Divide the class into groups of four or five students.
- Select a short passage of a story from the textbook. Look for pieces that include dialogue and a variety of sentence structures. You can also give them a worksheet.
- Give each student a colour pencil red/green.
- Read the passage aloud to students using the proper expressions for the punctuation marks and paragraph and sentence structure.
- Tell students to underline all punctuation marks in the story with colour pencils.
- Now ask students to read the passage silently with attention to the punctuation marks.
- Ask the students read the passage aloud in their group.
- Write the words and phrases on the writing board and ask the students to read loudly and copy it in their notebooks.
- Ask the students to interview each other in pairs according to the given words e.g. what is your name?
- By the help of the answers, write a paragraph in your copy.
- Remind them to consult the given word bank for correct spellings and apostrophe use.
- Tell the students that when they are finished with the writing they have to check the work of their pair.
- Tell the students to check each other`s work, as a teacher does.
- See where the dates and margins should be.
- Ask the students to encircle the mistakes and write “Sp” for spelling mistakes, “C” for capitalization, “P” for punctuation.
- Monitor and help the students where necessary. Encourage them to be supportive. They must not make fun of others mistakes.
- The teacher must prepare a chart with C, S, and P, written on it. Display it in the class for future use. Encourage students t check the list every time, to see if their work has these problems.
Once the students are finished with the checking, ask them to re-write the paraphrase by correcting the mistakes pointed by their pairs.
- Monitor and ensure that they are correcting their mistakes.
Sum up / Conclusion
- Ask the students to compare both the draft and the corrected version. Ask them which is better and why?
- What must we keep in mind when writing?
- How can we make our work good? (Legibility, layout)
- What happens when we don`t capitalize or punctuate properly?
- Collect students` second draft and check it for appropriate layout, legibility and punctuation.
- Involve the students in solving problems given in exercise at the end of unit / chapter.
- Ask the students to review previous lessons` work in their notebooks and do the corrections.