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Practice correct comma usage to separate interrupters and direct address in context by editing a paragraph about Zen Buddhism. Young editors select from multiple choice options about where to place commas. Then, following an explanation of the proper use of colons, they construct four original sentences that include colons and provided lists of items.
Bring humor into your own writing! Writers consider how professional authors create humor in their writing. They read and analyze comic strips and poetry to determine the devices used by writers to create humor. Some of the examples aren't particularly hilarious, so you might want to supplement them with additional examples.
Students explore and review punctuation. They discuss examples of poorly punctuated paragraphs and how it affects writing. Students describe the types of punctuation used for writing. They correctly punctuate a variety of sentences and use punctuation to express feeling and emotion in their writing.
Fifth graders deliver story presentations that establish a setting with descriptive words, contain a plot and show, rather than tell, what happens. In this language arts lesson plan, 5th graders utilize sentences from the book, "Tuck Everlasting" as prompts for this project. An interesting take on creative writing.