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In this simple language arts exercise, young grammarians study how to use commas in the appropriate places in sentences. Not only do they see when to use commas, they also must state the grammatical rule they are employing. A simple whole-class game is played at the end of lesson plan to reinforce what was presented.
Could your language arts class use some practice with commas? Use these pages to work on separating adjectives with commas, setting off introductory words, and appositives. The worksheets prompt kids to copy the sentences onto another piece of paper, but you could easily integrate the activity into your Daily Oral Language.
Language arts learners practice using commas in a series while designing their own advertisement! This creative assignment calls for learners to create their own visual advertisement describing a product of their choice. Their poster must use a series of commas at least twice.
Take a close look at both the definitions and uses of commas, colons, and semicolons. Commas set off clear parts of sentences, colons come before an explanation, and semicolons join two complete thoughts. Review these types of punctuation with your learners. Common errors, such as comma splices, are also covered.
Clear up common questions about commas with this handy resource! Useful as a reference page as well as a grammar activity, it presents six different rules for comma usage, including fanboys, lists, and parenthetical words and phrases. A great way to reinforce basic grammar rules in a writing unit!
Students explore all the uses of commas by finding sentences using commas and describing how they are used by comparing the sentences to the rules for utilizing commas. They create a poster with five rules of commas and examples for each one illustrated. Each student also locates examples of commas within newspaper articles.
Commas can be quite confusing. Young writers target troublesome grammar skills by focusing on the four most troubling uses: joining two independent clauses, separating introductory materials in a sentence, separating unnecessary information in a sentence, and separating items in a series. A short discussion of when to use a comma precedes a mini-lesson that uses sentence strips inscribed with parts of model sentences. During guided practice, the sentence strips are arranged on the board in a logical order. Volunteers fill in the missing punctuation and coordinating conjunctions while reinforcing proper use of commas. Following up with the revision of a prior writing assignment is the most effective manner to move comma rules into long-term memory storage.
Designed originally for higher education, this PowerPoint could also be used to introduce your high schoolers to the semicolon, colon, and comma splice. The texts do not contain pictures or graphics; instead, they present information in an organized, bullet-point template.
Three pages provide practice, and youngsters grow more adept at using the often confusing comma! The first page gives direction and examples. In this case, the focus is on the joining of conjunctions, words in a series, how to write dates, and applying commas in a letter. A pertinent homework assignment when working on Common Core standards!
This nicely-designed presentation does an excellent job of introducing the comma and its many uses. Each of the slides shows different ways in which the comma is used. Learners are given a chance to practice what they have learned in the final few slides. Very clear graphics and text appear throughout this fine PowerPoint.
Second graders practice using commas in the greeting and closure of a letter, with dates and items in a series. They discuss the upcoming event or field trip that you (teacher) have planned. Students are explained that they need to write an informative letter to their parents about it. They define the punctuation mark known as the comma and demonstrate its many uses in a letter
Four complete lessons on the rules for comma use are included here. The first series of slides examines the use of commas with compound sentences. The second focuses on commas with parenthetical expressions. The third looks at using commas with dates and geographical names, and the final considers other uses of the comma. Color-coded examples illustrate each rule.
This is a great worksheet to introduce your learners to comma usage. First, talk them through the short list of comma rules being addressed. After reading about the most basic comma rules (items in a series, direct address, introductory phrases, and dates/addresses), have them practice their punctuation skills in the exercises that follow.