Can you during ? Is during something you can do ? Can you the ? Is there someone theing outside the window right now? Can you summer ? Do your obnoxious neighbors keep you up until 2 . because they are summering ? Can you my ? What does a person do when she's mying ? Can you poodle ? Show me what poodling is. Can you pant ? Bingo! Sure you can! Run five miles and you'll be panting. Can you and ? Of course not! But can you drool ? You bet—although we don't need a demonstration of this ability. In the sentence above, therefore, there are two action verbs: pant and drool .
When students write about something they care about, they use conventions of spelling and grammar because it matters to them that their ideas are communicated, not because they will lose points or see red ink if they don't (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2010). They have to think about what words will best convey their ideas to their readers. They have to encode these words using letter patterns others will recognize. They have to make sure they use punctuation in a way that will help their readers understand which words go together, where a thought starts and ends, and what emotion goes with it. They have to think about what they know about the structure of similar texts to set up their page and organize their ideas. This process is especially important for struggling readers because it produces a comprehensible text that the student can read, reread, and analyze.