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Comma Rules Presentation

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Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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85 pages
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  1. Do your students know when and when NOT to use commas? Use this engaging lesson package with slide show presentation, interactive notebook reference flip book, and posters featuring sports-themed mentor sentences to review rules for correct comma usage with middle and high school ELA classes. Produc
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Need a quick comma review for middle and high school? Use this engaging slide show with sports-themed mentor sentences to teach sixteen rules for using commas in writing. A Teacher Guide with discussion questions and additional information will help you deliver the presentation with confidence.

Product Features

★ Thorough resource with all the comma guidelines students need for high school English

★ PDF presentation (comparable to PowerPoint) works on any device

★ Teacher Guide with discussion questions and additional information

★ Punctuation "rules" based on style guidelines from MLA 8 and Strunk and White's The Elements of Style


Comma Rules Presentation

(1) Title slide with interactive links to each section

(2-6) Commas in series

(7-12) Places and addresses

(13-15) Commas in dates

(16-18) Titles or degrees after names

(19-21) Interjections

(22-25) Commas with coordinate adjectives

(26-30) Adverbs (transitional adverbs and "too")

(31-32) Contrast or contradiction

(33-35) Punctuating quotations and dialogue

(36-37) Nouns of direct address

(38-39) Commas with introductory phrases

(40-45) Commas in compound sentences

(46-50) Dependent clauses in complex sentences

(51-54) Nonessential phrases and clauses or parenthetical expressions

(55-56) To prevent confusion

(57-62) Do not use a comma

(63-65) Commas and spacing

Teacher Guide

(2) Table of Contents and standards addressed

(3) Presentation layout and navigation tips

(4-20) Presentation page notes with discussion questions and additional information

(21) Terms of use

Teacher Prep

No prep! Just open the PDF file and project on your whiteboard or screen.

You may want to print the Teacher Guide or have it open on a laptop or tablet for reference as you present the slideshow.

Recommended Pacing

If this lesson is a review for your class, you may be able to move fairly quickly through the presentation. If students are not already familiar with the comma usage rules, I recommend breaking this lesson into chunks of 2-3 rules at a time to allow for practice and reflection between segments.

Day 1 - Series, Places, Dates, Titles

Day 2 - Interjections, Adjectives, Adverbs

Day 3 - Contrast, Quotes, Direct Address

Day 4 - Introductory Phrases, Compound Sentences

Day 5 - Dependent Clauses, Nonessential Phrases and Clauses, To Prevent Confusion, Do Not Use a Comma, Commas and Spacing

Related Resources

Get the most out of this lesson by using it with my Comma Rules Interactive Notebook Flipbook and Comma Rules Poster Set that both align perfectly with this presentation.

What's Included?

This zipped folder includes 2 PDF files: a 65-slide presentation to project on your whiteboard and a 20-page Teacher Guide with notes for discussion.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt).
Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.


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