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Then, using the emoticon they like, ask students to write a sentence that occurs before the emoticon a sentence that illustrates its appropriate use. Ask several students to write their sentences and draw their emoticons on the board or on an overhead transparency or chart paper and ask the class to discuss what the emoticon adds to the message or how it changes the way in which the sentence is read and understood.
As well, consider with students how the choice of a different emoticon might alter the sentence and its meaning. Discuss with students the varieties of writing that do not allow for the use of emoticons this may include handwritten pieces or texts composed in electronic formats that do not offer emoticons to choose from, as well as texts that are composed for more formal writing situations.
Begin with two video clips for the class to view. Have a brief discussion reviewing attitudes towards punctuation, as well as inferring reasons for these views after the videos have been viewed. Seinfeld video on exclamation pointsElaine and Jake 2: Each student should complete the questions because at the end of the group work time, students will be asked to share their responses in small groups two to four students per group with students who responded to the other essay Lewis and DeWitt students will be grouped together for a five-minute discussion.
Again, ask students to form small groups two to four students per group to examine punctuation choices in two short prose excerpts. Students will be given 10 minutes to read a short passage and to answer the accompanying questions on the handout Practicing Punctuation.
Half the class will complete the exercise with the Harry Potter excerpt by J. Each student should complete the questions because at the end of the group work time, students will be asked to share their responses in small groups two to four students per group with students who responded to the other excerpt Rowling and McCarthy students will be grouped together for a five-minute discussion.
Teachers may also choose to allow students to finish this work for homework if there is not sufficient time left in the class session. After reading the article, ask a student to draw a large semicolon in the middle of the board.
Before discussing the content of the piece, ask the students if they can describe how a semicolon is used semicolons separate two independent clauses that are closely related to each other but could stand alone as sentences if you wanted them to.
Make sure to emphasize that semicolons are never a required piece of punctuation; they are a stylistic choice. When added to a text appropriately, the semicolon has the ability to add a subtle connection between two sentences.
Have the students write their own definition of an independent clause in the printoutand come together as a class to review these definitions. An independent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought.
An independent clause is a sentence. Point the students toward their printoutwhich contains an example of a sentence that correctly uses a semicolon and a sentence that incorrectly uses a semicolon. Allow the students to explain which sentence is correct and why.
Have each student write an independent clause on a half sheet of paper. Ask the students to stand and arrange themselves in some arbitrary order against a wall of the classroom by age, height, number of siblings, etc.
Once students are standing, ask each student to search for a member of the class who has an independent clause that could be linked to their own sentence with a semicolon.
Once all students are paired or as many as possiblethe groups should stand on either side of the semicolon drawn on the board and read their new sentences aloud.
Ask for volunteers to read the opinions aloud, and encourage the class to record viewpoints on the Marks of Punctuation Attitudes Chart printout distributed in Session One. Once all the excerpts have been read, ask the class which opinions they most agree and disagree with.
For graded homework, ask that students write three original sentences that appropriately use the semicolon. You may also ask that the students find at least one example of the use of a semicolon in any text they happen to read.
If students need more practice using the semicolon, see the Semicolons: Here, students will have the opportunity to explore the various frequencies in which Stephen Chbosky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and John Steinbeck use the semicolon.
A Quick Review printout. Begin the class by reading this piece on commas from The Onion aloud. Students will have a copy of the passage in their printouts. Allow students to respond briefly to the piece and point out what they notice, like, or dislike.
Commas that join two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction. If you feel the need to review the other uses of commas e. Ask students to work in pairs and respond to the prompts found in the printout.Learn more about semicolons by practicing with our free Semicolon Worksheets below.
Semicolon Worksheets Here is a graphic preview for all the kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade Semicolon Worksheets.
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