Step One: I start out by teaching a specific grammar skill as the mini-lesson. Most of the time, I use a chart to explicitly teach the skill.
Step Two: I model using a red pen to correct for that skill in my own writing.
Step Three: Students go into their writing and correct any mistakes where they're, there, their, your, or you're is misspelled.
Something very important that I stressed to students is that they are responsible for spelling these five words correctly if they are used in their writing. These words are also on the rubric for their Narrative Stories. I am more lenient with class work and homework, but students are responsible for spelling the words correctly in that work as well.
I hold students accountable for all grammar skills taught throughout the entire year. If you would like a copy of the anchor chart I used during this lesson, please feel free to click here and download it for free at my Teacher Store!
How do you teach grammar in your classroom?