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Grammar's Great Divide: The Oxford Comma
The Oxford comma, who'd have thunk it would be at the center of a great debate? Also known as the serial comma, this pesky piece of punctuation premiers as the star of a short video that investigates the question "To use, or not to use.
3 mins 5th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Help your young writers pay close attention to their conventions and move toward revision with a straightforward chart. Learners can analyze 11 sentences on this page by noting down the first letter in each, the first of words in each, words that may be misspelled, a grammar note, the number of words in each, and the end mark.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 5 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Stop! Do you need a period at the end of that sentence? Learners work together to place periods appropriately in a paragraph written on poster board. They edit and correct the paragraph for punctuation and capitalization to show knowledge of a complete sentence.
K - 3rd Language Arts 14 Views 111 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Do your second graders like riddles? Give them a giggle and a lesson about proofreading at the same time. After reading two riddles, young writers fix punctuation and capitalization errors. They write the answer to each riddle at the bottom of the page.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 26 Views 93 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Teach your class the rules of capitalization with this fun, engaging instructional activity. Children participate in a learning activity, collaborate with peers, and practice their writing as they learn three specific rules: to always capitalize the first word of a sentence, the pronoun I, and the names of people.
K - 3rd Language Arts 94 Views 84 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Punctuation
Practice punctuation with a quick exercise. Class members fill in either a period or a question mark at the end of each of 14 sentences. A brief explanation of when to use a period versus a question mark is included.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 11 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Investing in Yourself: An Economic Approach to Education Decisions
What is the difference between physical capital and human capital, and in which should you invest? While considering the concept of return on investment, take a look at the payoffs and consequences of investing in training and education.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Rules of Thumb for Faulty Capitalization, Italics, Hyphens, and Quotation Marks
Remind your writers that not everything needs to be capitalized. Quotations should only be used for dialogue, titles of short works, and some phrases that are being emphasized. The presentation also covers some punctuation. The last two slides give sentences to practice.
2nd - 11th Language Arts 10 Views 71 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Commas with Introductory Elements Worksheet
While the goal of this exercise is to punctuate properly, students will also need to know about clauses, interjections, phrases, etc., and show some creativity. Given prompts, individuals must compose sentences that meet the requirements for each prompt.
6th - 11th Language Arts 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Fixing Comma Splices and Run-Ons Worksheet
Approach run-on sentences, comma splices, and sentence fragments with humor. The learning exercise is made up of two exercises, which are, in turn, each made up of a series of somewhat silly sentences that need punctuation help. For the first exercise, pupils insert proper punctuation.
6th - 10th Language Arts 39 Views 38 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Punctuating a Paragraph
Do your fourth graders need a little help with punctuation? Use this run-on paragraph to demonstrate proofreading for capitalization, punctuation, and separating ideas into separate paragraphs. At the end of the activity, learners rewrite the information into a play, allowing them to practice quotation marks within dialogue.
4th - 5th Language Arts 86 Views 179 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Need some punctuation practice? Challenge your third or fourth graders' editing skills with a helpful activity on punctuation. After naming different types of punctuation marks, they rewrite a paragraph that has multiple errors in punctuation.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 76 Views 131 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Checking Grammar: Accuracy
Get young writers in the practice of editing their work using this punctuation and grammar learning exercise. They first read eight sentences with grammar issues, rewriting or checking off as correct. The sentence errors involve subject-verb agreement, pronouns, verb tense, and spelling.
K - 2nd Language Arts 22 Views 114 Downloads CCSS: Designed
It's so hard to remember how to punctuate titles! Give your class this practice packet to help them remember. On the first page, learners review the rules for punctuating the titles of short stories, monologues, commercials, etc. Then, learners apply what they learned to the 60 sentences that follow.
8th - 9th Language Arts 56 Views 71 Downloads
Writing Lesson Plan: Stop and Go: Capitals and Periods
Examine writing using a fun, interactive format. Young writers choose a piece of their own writing to proofread for initial capitals and final periods they left out. They work independently using green stickers to add capitals and red stickers to add periods to their drafts.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 43 Views 598 Downloads
When Capitalism is Great and Not-so-great
Comparing and contrasting Capitalism and Socialism, this lecture outlines many nuances between the two economic systems, including the ideas of meritocracy and "fairness." A discussion about the effects of either system gone "unchecked" begins after the narrator discusses the basic elements of each.
14 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History 18 Views 73 Downloads