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Below is a sample breakdown of the Punctuation in Writing chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Independent and Dependent Clauses: Subordination and Coordination;|
Commas: Correct Usage and Basic Rules
| Using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions; |
Effectively separating parts of sentences with commas
|Tuesday|| Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses and Contrasting Sentence Parts; |
Sentence Fragments: Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
| Learning to separate non-essential elements and independent clauses with commas; |
Avoiding the use of incomplete or excessively-wordy sentences
|Wednesday|| Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons and Periods; |
Question Mark: Definition, Use and Quiz
| Discovering how and when to use these punctuation marks correctly; |
Knowing when to use a question mark and when not to use it
|Thursday|| Exclamation Mark: Use, Meaning and Quiz; |
Apostrophe: Use, Examples and Quiz
| Using exclamation marks to indicate strong emotion; |
Using apostrophes to convey possession and to combine words
|Friday|| Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage; |
Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses and Quotation Marks
| Separating information in a sentence with these punctuation marks; |
Knowing when to use brackets and ellipses, and distinguishing between hyphens and dashes
1. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination
This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.
2. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
3. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
4. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.
5. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
6. Question Mark: Definition & Use
A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.
7. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning
The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.
8. Apostrophe: Use & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.
9. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage
Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?
10. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks
Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.
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