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UNIT 7.

0 WRITING
TOPIC 7.2 MECHANICS OF WRITING
UNIT
OUTCOMES
Reinforce teachers understanding of writing and grammar
DURATION 30 minutes
PROCEDURES Activity 1: String Me Up!
1. Mentees revise parts of speech and Subject-Verb Agreement.(ppt)
2. Mentor give out word cards to play String Me Up!
3. Divide mentees into groups.
4. Mentees construct as many grammatically correct sentences as
possible within allocated time.
5. Mentees present the sentences that they have constructed.
6. Mentor check their answers and reward winning group.
RESOURCES Word cards
EPPT 6 Grammar/PPT Presentation/SVA
eat
hears
are
came
gave
likes
slept
ate is
play
writes
WORD CARDS
PROCEDURES Activity 2: Correct Me
1. Mentor introduces punctuation and capitalization. (ppt)
2. Mentor displays slide showing sentences with no capitalization
and wrong punctuation.(ppt)(Handout 3)
3. In groups, mentees correct the sentences shown and paste their
answers on the board.
4. Mentees check the other groups answers and point out their
mistakes.
5. Mentor discusses the correct answers.

RESOURCES EPPT 7 Writing/Mentor/Writing powerpoint/slide 29 &30
EPPT 7 Writing/Mentor/Unit 7 Handouts for Mentees/page 3

PUNCTUATION
Some punctuation comes at the end of the sentence, so you
know if its a statement, a question, or an exclamation.
Other punctuation is used inside a sentence, to show you
how different parts of the sentence relate to each other.
And other punctuation goes around words, so you know that
you are reading what someone said, or reading a title.
Every type of punctuation is important to make sure you get
your ideas across without any confusion. For example, a
missing comma can drastically change the meaning of a
sentences.
Examples : , . ; : ? !
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CAPITALIZATION
Remember these rules about which words to capitalize:
The first word in any sentence.
The letter I when you write about yourself.
Proper Nouns names of the people, cities, states, countries, and
certain official places (e.g. Yellowstone National Park); these
include capitalizing initials.
Names of peoples official positions, but only if those words are
linked to the persons name (e.g. Vice-President Adam, King Henry
IV)
Specific, named time periods months, days of the week, but not
names of the seasons; major special days are also capitalized (e.g.
Christmas, Diwali, Fourth of July)
The first word in the title of a book, article, song, poem, or movie,
and usually the most important words in the rest of the title.