Objective: The objective of these worksheets is to help students understand the comma rules so well that they are using the rules within the context of actual writing situations.
An added benefit of these worksheets and journal activities is that the students will also be improving their writing skills as well. They will have thirteen new “tricks” they can use to make their writing better. Throughout these worksheets, students will be encouraged to use dialogue, add adjectives and interrupters, write complex sentences, and much more. The quality of their sentences can only improve by working through this program.
Pretest and Checklist
Begin with a pretest to help the students understand which rules they know and which rules they need to study. After completing the pretest, the students can use the checklist to keep track of the comma rules they’ve mastered and the rules that require more focus. The students can keep the checklist in a folder to reference as they complete the worksheets.
For the comma rules they already know, the students can complete the worksheets as a review. When they do the worksheets for the rules they don’t know, they will have a greater focus as they complete them.
As you teach the worksheets, it helps to write each rule on a poster with a sample sentence below. The students are able to use this as a reference as they complete the worksheets and as they write. Ultimately, the goal is to help the students learn the rules to the point where they are using the comma rules correctly within their writing. With this in mind, requiring the students to use the comma rules with their writing assignments is a great way to review the skills and improve the quality of their sentences.
Extensions and Journal Activities
Because the goal for these worksheets is to have the students apply the rules for commas within their writing, many of the worksheets require that the students practice the comma rules within an actual writing situation. The extensions will give them immediate practice while the journal activities will allow them to practice several comma rules simultaneously.
Post Test and Project
The Post test will give you a first look at which students have a general understanding of the comma rules. However, if the students cannot apply the rules within the context of writing, they have not achieved the goal for these lessons.
The project is an opportunity to get more practice using the comma rules within the context of writing. With this project, the students will be writing a story using all the comma rules they’ve learned. They will also be reading stories written by their classmates while searching for comma rules used by them. Through this process your students will benefit from peer tutoring in ways they could not learn from the teacher.