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    By gail.miller

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    I teach first grade and every time I have my students write sentences I have them put the word CUPS in the margin at the top of the paper. They are to check each sentence they write by using this key: C (capitals,sentence beginning, names, and the word I) U (understanding, does it make sense?) P ( punctuation .?!) S (correct spelling of phonic and word wall words).This helps my students when they are writing unrelated sentences. But when we write stories, they don't seem to have the ability to understand where to put the capitals and endings.We do a lot of sentence writings so I can get an English/Grammar grade. To show them their errors, I too write CUPS on the bottom of the paper and then put tally marks under each letter when a mistake is made. This seems to help them see what they need to remember to watch out for as they write. I hope this makes sense and is useful to someone. Happy holidays to all!

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