Mystery Writer

Ok y'all.....who has punctuation problems?!
How about capital letter problems?

If I had a dollar for every time I reminded my lovelies to capitalize the first word in their sentence I would have a serious Sex in the City movie type closet full of Brian Atwood shoes!

I have a couple of solutions that might work for you kiddos! 
1) Ask your students to highlight the first letter of each sentence and circle the punctuation at the end of each sentence. My students LOVE to use my highlighters! 

2) or you could try having a Mystery Writer!

How does the Mystery Writer work? It works just like having a Mystery Student. Last year I saw on another blog {I can't remember which one!} about having a mystery student as a behavior management tool. You keep the mystery student a secret and just drop hints. Ex: "Ooh! My mystery student has already put their name on their paper!" You reveal the mystery person at the end of the day or the time chunk. SO why not try having a Mystery Writer?! 

"Ooh! My mystery writer has punctuation at the end of their sentence!"
"I hope when I look at my mystery writer's paper I see a capital letter at the beginning of their sentence!" Then make the rounds and peek at EVERY paper in the classroom.

Truth: I seriously just thought of this when a friend asked about getting her kids to capitalize and use punctuation. But I'm feeling jazzed about it and can't wait to try it out tomorrow!


  1. Super cute Jen!! I do a mystery walker..same idea. Can't wait to try it.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  2. LOVE it!!! Great idea!!!!

    Should I know that brand of shoes? (Never watched SITC....please don't throw tomatoes!)

    xoxox - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  3. This is a fabulous idea. I'm going to try it tomorrow to get my students to pay closer attention to using capitals and punctuation in their writing. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Love this idea! We do a mystery walker for the hallway, but I will definitely be trying a mystery writer.

    Thirsty Firsties

  5. Awesome idea!! Thank you for sharing!!

  6. You CRACK me up at how excited you are about this!!! I love this idea! I did the "mystery walker" down the hall and it worked wonders!!!! :)

  7. Being said friend...I must thank you 100 times over.....CANNOT wait to try this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. I feel like a broken record when I talk about sentences and punctuation and uppercase letters. I even taped a "review my work" paper on their desks and it's as if they ignore it. The Mystery Writer sounds like a cute idea!

  9. Sounds awesome! My students always do better when they may have the opportunity to share!
    Dirt Road Teacher

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