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COPS Rap


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During one of my college classes, we had a discussion about using proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in elementary school. Christene Sanchez and Michael Fern shared an acronym they use at their school called COPS, which stands for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling.

To extend the use of this, I wrote a rap song, which was then performed by four of our local policeman two weeks ago during an assembly. We made 2’ x 4’ banners to carry around during the rap performance. Now the banners are posted up around the school as a constant reminder to students to remember their COPS in writing. Here’s the rap song:

Cops, cops here for you
On the streets and in the classroom, too!
Capital letters start a name,
A special place or thing. Make it a game
Form it clear, if it is small,
If it’s big, make it tall.
This is very important for you to do
Using capital letters are a good clue.

Cops, cops here for you
On the streets and in the classroom, too!
We’ve got style. We’ve got grace.
Every word has its place.

Keep it in line, keep it straight.
Organization is first rate.
If it sound good, you’re going the right way.
Do your best and say what you may.

Cops, cops here for you
On the streets and in the classroom, too!

Punctuation is good to do
Or how will we know your sentence is through?
A comma, a period, a mark or two,
If it isn’t expressive, then we’ll be blue.
Use your brain to show you’re smart
And end each sentence with a mark.
Cops, cops here for you
On the streets and in the classroom, too!

Spelling, yuuuuuuuuuck what a reach.
It’s so hard, come on, teach!
There’s so many places for us to go
To help our spelling improve and grow
Spelling is important for us to be good.
To do our best like we know we should.

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