How many times have we all covered the comma of direct address? How many times have we corrected that mistake in student writing? In this readers’ theater script, Captain Grammar agrees to proofread a play a student has written, but he becomes angry when he thinks he’s reading a skit about a group of cannibals. This is a result of the missing comma in the sentence “Let’s eat Grandpa.” Naturally, Captain Grammar has great respect for grandpas everywhere, so he is relieved to learn the student writer simply needs a grammar lesson!
Here’s what’s included:
Readers’ Theater Script—The skit is two pages long with two parts—Captain Grammar and Matt, the student who writes the play. It is a Microsoft Word document, so you can easily edit it to meet your needs.
Prezi—The Prezi begins with the sentence discussed in the play. It then gives three example sentences to show how a “direct address” may show up at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. At the end of the Prezi, you’ll find ten example sentences for guided practice with your class. Adobe FlashPlayer is required to open the Prezi.
*The Prezi is NOT included in the preview file, but you can view one of my Prezis in my featured free product, “Captain Grammar and the Semicolon.” I think you’ll find it’s a great way to keep students’ attention!
Sentence Activity—This file includes seven task cards that prompt your students to write their own sentences that contain the comma of direct address. I print multiple copies of the cards and have students pass them around in rows or small groups.
I hope you’ll enjoy this Captain Grammar product! For years I struggled with a dynamic way to teach writing mechanics. I was bored myself, so I knew my students were. Finally I wrote a Captain Grammar skit about semicolons (available for free in my store), and I never looked back! My students couldn’t get enough, and I was enjoying my job. Since then I’ve talked to my seventh grade students who are now seniors in high school, and guess what? They STILL remember Captain Grammar! I hope you have the same results with your own students.
This is also available as part of a bundle with three other Captain Grammar products:
Captain Grammar Bundle
Keeping It Classy
Other Products That May Interest You:
Sentence, Run-On, Or Fragment PowerPoint Bundle
Captain Grammar and the Evil Comma Splice: A Readers' Theater, Prezi, and Worksheet