Do your students know when and when NOT to use commas? Use this quick reference guide with sports-themed mentor sentences to review rules for correct comma usage with middle and high school ELA classes. These punctuation "rules" are based on style guidelines from MLA 8 and Strunk and White's The Essentials of Style.
Students can store the flip book in their binders or glue it directly into an interactive notebook.
Comma Rules include:
★ items in series
★ places and addresses
★ titles or degrees after names
★ coordinate adjectives
★ adverbs (transitional adverbs and "too")
★ contrast or contradiction
★ nouns of direct address
★ introductory phrases
★ compound sentences
★ dependent clauses in complex sentences
★ nonessential or parenthetical phrases and clauses
★ to prevent confusion
★ do not use a comma...
To make this an interactive review, have students write their own example sentences for each comma rule. My students write two sentences for each rule onto the back of the previous page so that they're visible each time they reference that rule.
Assembly is easy! Cut the pages out, stack them using the numbers in the upper right margin, and staple together.
Working through this flip book and writing original example sentences for each rule will take about 90 minutes, but I've found that it is more effective to break this up into smaller mini-lessons over several days.
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