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Monday, April 11, 2016

Using Real Life, Non-Fiction Writing to Teach Commas

Teaching commas can have your hair standing on end!

First, students use commas sparingly. Then, they use too many commas. Finally, with lots of writing practice and workshopping, they master commas and teach the rules to someone else.

What better way to help students understand comma usage than with "Using Commas in Writing"? It's great for flipped classrooms, literacy centers, individualized learning, or whole class interaction. Follow the lesson with the individual/small group comma handout activity below that uses magazines and newspapers to identify writing skills in real life articles and to understand academic versus journalism writing rules.

This activity is sure to leave you and your students "comma" relaxed!

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