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Ch 20: Punctuation in Writing Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Punctuation in Writing chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the rules of punctuation in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

10 Lessons in Chapter 20: Punctuation in Writing Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

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.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

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?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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