Do your students know when and when NOT to use commas? Use this comma rules flip book foldable with sports-themed mentor sentences in your interactive notebook to review comma usage with middle and high school ELA classes. These punctuation “rules” are based on style guidelines from MLA 8 and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.
★ Thorough resource with all the comma guidelines students need for high school English
★ Two or three example sentences for every comma rule
★ Teacher guide/answer key to show which words or phrases in example sentences need a comma
★ Easy to assemble flip book that can be stapled or glued into an interactive notebook
(1) Product overview
(2) How to Assemble your Comma Rules Flip Book
(3) Flip book cover
(4) Commas in a series
(4) Places and addresses
(4) Commas in dates
(4) Titles or degrees after names
(5) Commas with coordinate adjectives
(6) Adverbs (transitional adverbs and “too”)
(6) Contrast or contradiction
(7) Punctuating quotations and dialogue
(7) Nouns of direct address
(8) Commas with introductory phrases
(8) Commas in compound sentences
(9) Dependent clauses in complex sentences
(9) Nonessential phrases and clauses or parenthetical expressions
(10) Use commas to prevent confusion
(10) When not to use a comma
First, print one copy of page 3 for every 4 students. Print one copy of pages 4-10 for each student. You may pre-cut the flip book pages with a paper slicer to save classroom minutes. I recommend making a flip book for yourself to show as a completed example, too. Assembly is easy! Cut the pages out, stack them using the numbers in the upper right margin, and staple together.
When you have students make their flip books, project page 2 (assembly instructions with photos) on your whiteboard or print a copy to place in a center for small group rotations.
How to Use this Comma Rules Flip Book
This resource can be completed as a whole class lesson or in a centers rotation.
As you review a comma usage rule, have students underline or highlight the words in the mentor sentences that indicate use of that comma rule.
Have students write their own example sentences for each comma rule. My students write two sentences for each rule onto the back of the previous page so that they’re visible each time they reference that rule.
Working through this flip book and writing original example sentences for each rule will take about 90 minutes, but I’ve found that it is more effective to break this up into smaller mini-lessons over several days.
Day 0 (optional) – Pre-assemble the flip book
Day 1 – Series, Places, Dates, Titles
Day 2 – Interjections, Adjectives, Adverbs
Day 3 – Contrast, Quotes, Direct Address
Day 4 – Introductory Phrases, Compound Sentences
Day 5 – Dependent Clauses, Nonessential Phrases & Clauses, To Prevent Confusion, Do Not Use a Comma
Read about how I teach these comma usage rules in my own classroom in this blog post.
Get the most out of this lesson by using it with my Comma Rules Presentation and Comma Rules Poster Set that both align perfectly with this interactive notebook set. Practice and assess the skill with a fun activity like Comma Rules Scavenger Hunt or Comma Rules Infographic Project.
This free Comma Rules Audit is an editable checklist you can use to track the most frequent comma errors in your students’ writing.
Save 20% on all the Comma Rules resources when you buy them together in the Comma Rules Bundle.