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Conventions is one of the traits of quality writing. The lyrics for this song were pulled from a scoring rubric describing advanced proficiency in the writing trait of conventions. Check out the music video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2eQjc-cd8M

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Conventions! Yeah! You could call ‘em the rules
Or put ‘em to work and you could call ‘em tools!
Conventions! Yeah! You could call ‘em the rules
Or put ‘em to work and you could call ‘em tools!

Conventions! These are the rules you must obey
Or your frustrated readers will turn away
Punctuation like commas, apostrophes and periods
Capitalization. You got to take this seriously
Usage, grammar, paragraph breaks
And spell correctly for goodness sake!
Now conventions are difficult, but you've got to be keen
Tune up your written work so it's fit to be seen
By another reader and understood
Without correct conventions the best writing’s not as good!

Conventions! Yeah! You could call ‘em the rules
Or put ‘em to work and you could call ‘em tools!
Conventions! Yeah! You could call ‘em the rules
Or put ‘em to work and you could call ‘em tools!
Conventions! Yeah! You could call ‘em the rules
Or put ‘em to work and you could call ‘em tools!

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from Word Up! Rockin' the Six Traits of Writing, released August 21, 2012
Bryan Reed: Music, lyrics and vocals

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