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When do you use commas? While there are too many comma rules to list here, this reference guide highlights 10 of the most common comma errors. Each error is listed as a rule, and there is an example sentence provided for each. While there is no opportunity for practice here, consider providing your class with this sheet for future reference.
Young editors can practice comma usage with a discrete skill activity. At the top of the page, rules are summarized and examples are provided. Learners then rewrite five unpunctuated sentences and include commas as needed. In the final two sentences, they proofread and delete or insert commas properly. Practice sentences focus on toxic plants like poison oak, sumac, and ivy.
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.
From the purpose of punctuation to its proper uses, guide your learners with this presentation. Great visuals dissect sentences to show where a comma belongs and the different parts of a sentence. Help your class use commas only when necessary; overusing commas is just as bad as having missing commas!
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.