This Common Core aligned lesson is designed to help students build knowledge about when to use commas, parentheses, and dashes with parenthetical expressions and nonrestrictive expressions. There is a section on appositives, as well. The lesson can be taught by you or a substitute in one to two class periods, 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.
I think having all the little pieces in place such as knowing when to use commas and when to leave them out of a sentence is essential to strong, unambiguous writing. So, no matter what the age of your students, they can benefit from this lesson.
Included in the lesson are
• All instructions for the teacher
• Handout and worksheet explaining using commas with parenthetical expressions, nonrestrictive expressions, and appositives with KEY
• Handout and worksheet explaining using parentheses and dashes with parenthetical and nonrestrictive expressions with KEY
• Activity titled, “Definitions and Uses of Commas, Parentheses, and Dashes” with KEY
• Handout and worksheet with an interactive section titled, “Recognizing Parenthetical and Nonrestrictive Expressions and Using the Correct Punctuation” with KEY
• Quiz over “Quiz over Using Commas, Parentheses, and Dashes to Set Off Parenthetical or Nonrestrictive Phrases” with KEY
This lesson is part of a group of bell ringers I am designing and adding to my store so that the first 10-15 minutes of your class will be stress free for you and learning intensive for your students. Check out my store for other bell ringer lessons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.2a Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.
This lesson is also in a Bundle. Find it in my store under Trimester Two.