This reference sheet is something that students should keep in their binders or have access to on-line when they write. If I have students before me who have had strong mechanics instruction, then this sheet is truly a reference or reminder tool. But if I have students before me that do not know these rules, I use the sheet as a syllabus.
Yes, you can direct students to web sites like Purdue’s Owl Lab, but this sheet condenses all the rules into a quick reference. And as long as you have covered the rules with plenty of practice, you can hold students accountable for correct comma placement in all written pieces. Few teachers relish the opportunity to be a student’s personal editor during writing conferences. It is so much more productive and meaningful to concentrate on content, structure, and rhetorical technique.
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