Finally, the mysteries of the dash and the ellipsis revealed!
Advanced punctuation is a topic that is often overlooked in secondary language arts education, and yet correct punctuation is critical to clear writing and accurate reading. Here is a complete package that will help you provide thorough and practical instruction in the nuts and bolts of advanced sentence punctuation (and teach some grammatical concepts and sentence variety and complexity at the same time). These two PowerPoint presentations and their included activities will clarify for students the meanings and proper use of commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, square brackets, and ellipses as well as how these sentence regulators impact a text’s meaning. Improve student mechanics in writing and comprehension in reading on state standardized tests (aligns to Common Core Language Standards 6-12: Conventions of Standard English (2a) and Knowledge of Language).
Clearly, concisely, and painlessly, the PowerPoint presentations highlight the rules for using each of the punctuation marks, example sentences, and practice sentences. In addition, a set of printable punctuation flashcards can be used to increase student engagement and participation (and demonstrate managing student response on the Marzano scale for those of you operating under that evaluation system).
This zipped package includes a PowerPoint on commas (60 slides), a PowerPoint on other advanced punctuation (40 slides covering semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, square brackets, and ellipses), a handout on comma rules, a handout on using the other types of punctuation, an introductory activity, a practice activity for commas (with answer key), a set of printable punctuation flashcards, and resources. Handouts are pdf files, and the PowerPoints are in PowerPoint 2010. Note that this package does not cover end punctuation or quotation marks.