Comma Splice Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the grammatical error known as the comma splice. Students will watch a video lesson, correct some example sentences, and write their own comma splice examples for their peers to fix.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and identify comma splices.
  • fix comma splices in a variety of sentences.

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Key Vocabulary

  • Comma
  • Comma splice
  • Independent clause
  • Run-on sentence
  • Period
  • Semicolon
  • Conjunction
  • Subordinator

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