Use this free editable Comma Rules Audit to track the most frequent comma errors in your students’ writing. This chart is helpful when providing feedback to students before they submit a final draft, as well as when scoring completed papers.
First, type student names in the left column. If you will be reusing the chart, save the file with a new name (to avoid having to type the names again next time you use it). Then insert assignment title, date, and class name or period by typing in the editable text fields at the top of the page. Print one copy and repeat for each class.
Notes for Use
As you read each student’s paper, make a tally mark for each comma error you notice. Once you have seen three (or whatever number you choose) of the same type of error for a particular student, highlight that box. After that point, you know the student needs remediation for that comma rule and don’t need to keep counting instances of the same error.
When you’ve completed the chart, you will be able to see at a glance which skills your class needs most support for and to group students with similar deficits. Use the results to provide additional instruction and practice to individual students, small groups, or the whole class as needed.
L.1.2c Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.
L.4.2c Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
L.5.2b Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
L.6.2a Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.
Read about how I teach comma usage rules in my classroom in this blog post.
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