This lesson is designed to help students build knowledge about when to use commas. The lesson can be taught by you or a substitute in one to two class periods (and I’ve had teachers tell me they have done this with great success), but I planned it to be taught as mini-lessons every day for a week. This allows students to absorb the concept and use it in several ways over a longer time period. In this way, the knowledge should stay with them. I intended these activities to be used first thing in class every day as a bell-ringer activity. They are straight-forward and simple so that students can absorb the basic concepts easily. The activities give the students the rules, let them place commas in sentences, let them recall the rules, let them write their own sentences using the comma rules, and test them over their knowledge.
I think having all the little pieces in place such as knowing when to use commas is essential to strong, unambiguous writing. So, no matter what the age of your students, they can benefit from this lesson.
This lesson contains:
• All teacher instructions
• A handout and worksheet on “Using Commas in a Series” with KEY
• A handout and worksheet on “Using Commas to Separate Introductory Elements, “Yes” and “No,” Tag Questions, and Words of Direct Address from the Rest of the Sentence” with a KEY
• A worksheet on “Definitions and Uses of Commas” with KEY
• A worksheet in which students write sentences using the various ways they have learned to use commas
• An Objective “Quiz over Using Commas” with KEY
This lesson is also in a Bundle. Find it in my store under Trimester One
This lesson is aligned with the following Common Core Standards:
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2a Use punctuation to separate items in a series.*
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2b Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2c Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).