Need a quick comma review for middle and high school? Use this engaging Comma Rules Presentation slide show with sports-themed mentor sentences to teach sixteen rules for using commas in writing. A Teacher Guide with discussion questions and additional information will help you deliver the presentation with confidence.
★ Thorough resource with all the comma guidelines students need for high school English
★ PDF presentation (comparable to PowerPoint) works on any device
★ Teacher Guide with discussion questions and additional information
★ Punctuation “rules” based on style guidelines from MLA 8 and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style
This zipped folder includes 2 PDF files: a 65-slide presentation to project on your whiteboard and a 20-page Teacher Guide with notes for discussion.
(1) Title slide with interactive links to each section
(2-6) Commas in series
(7-12) Places and addresses
(13-15) Commas in dates
(16-18) Titles or degrees after names
(22-25) Commas with coordinate adjectives
(26-30) Adverbs (transitional adverbs and “too”)
(31-32) Contrast or contradiction
(33-35) Punctuating quotations and dialogue
(36-37) Nouns of direct address
(38-39) Commas with introductory phrases
(40-45) Commas in compound sentences
(46-50) Dependent clauses in complex sentences
(51-54) Nonessential phrases and clauses or parenthetical expressions
(55-56) To prevent confusion
(57-62) Do not use a comma
(63-65) Commas and spacing
(1) Product overview
(2) Table of Contents and standards addressed
(3) Presentation layout and navigation tips
(4-20) Presentation page notes with discussion questions and additional information
No prep! Just open the PDF file and project on your whiteboard or screen.
You may want to print the Teacher Guide or have it open on a laptop or tablet for reference as you present the slideshow.
If this lesson is a review for your class, you may be able to move fairly quickly through the presentation. If students are not already familiar with the comma usage rules, I recommend breaking this lesson into chunks of 2-3 rules at a time to allow for practice and reflection between segments.
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 and Clauses, To Prevent Confusion, Do Not Use a Comma, Commas and Spacing
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 the Comma Rules presentation along with my Comma Rules Interactive Notebook Flipbook and Comma Rules Poster Set that both align perfectly with this slideshow. 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.
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