Teaching point: writers don’t rely on punctuation to convey emotion

Good narrative writers (fiction and some types of nonfiction) don’t rely on punctuation to convey emotion. Good writers know that characters convey emotion. Their body language, their actions, and their speech reveal what they feel.

This is something I often teach: a string of exclamation points in your text is an invitation to go back to your writer’s notebook…It’s an invitation to excavate or dig deeper.

A Unit of Study in Poetry

Check out the poetry module I created for the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers’ website for a step-by-step tour of how you might teach this unit of study. Sample mini-lessons, noticing charts, conferring videos, conferring notes and more are included—many from my own classes. Also includes “Teacher Try-Its” to help you fill your own writer’s notebook with material that you can teach from!