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Stand Alone Instructional Resource: Basic Comma Usage

Stand Alone Instructional Resource: Basic Comma Usage

This is a stand alone instructional resource (STAIR) that I created to provide my students with basic comma usage review and practice.  The powerpoint is interactive; I start by modeling how sentences sound with and without commas.  The powerpoint also asks students to make observations on when commas are used and then provides students with notes on three major comma usage rules.  Finally, students test their understanding with a...

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Julie Halsey
Julie Halsey (Consultant)
9 years ago

I really enjoyed this presentation. It is interactive and has a great check and redirect component for review and mastering of the grammar concepts. I really liked the funny play on the sentences when the commas were missing or in the wrong spot.

One area that might be helpful to add is the pen tool so students can mark the sentences where they think the comma might before they select an answer, this would help your visual learners. Sometimes it helps to see it before committing to the answer. 

Time spent reviewing site: 25
Jennifer Gross-Russell
Jennifer Gross-Russell (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

If one can laugh through a grammar drill, you have created a successfull lesson! I like how it appeals to a mulitude of learning styles and how you are teaching to mastery level by giving students the ability to take the quiz as many times as they want. 

Technical Remarks:

Nice Job. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Leslie Lieman
Leslie Lieman (Educational Technology Coordinator)
9 years ago

Hi Kelly –

This is an excellent resource! To model the sentences with a voice over really demonstrates how a sentence can be misunderstood without the correct punctuation. I thought your examples were clear and concise.  Using both audio (voice over) and text supports the UDL principals of multiple ways to engage diverse learners and will likely improve understanding of the material.  It is clear that this stand-alone is for your student audience specifically, but I would highly recommend it to others.  Other teachers would need to adapt or give modifying instructions to their students.

1) Put your name on the cover slide.  Although you reference that the material is taken from a text book, you should at minimum state, “Materials presented by: Kelly Hanson.”  You might also want to include: your title, grade and subject area.

2) After you read the paragraph aloud on slide number 4, I immediately clicked the arrow button to the next slide.  However, just as I was leaving the page, I heard you start to say more.  When I clicked the “back” button, the audio was no longer available, so I started over.  You might want to also type the text and record, “You’re going to continue on your own now.”

3) I specifically choose to get the answer wrong several times to see where we would be directed.  When I got an answer wrong towards the end of the series, I was sent all the way back to the beginning (and then back through the questions I had already completed).  You might want to duplicate the appropriate “review the rules,” slides to have the students keep moving forward.

Great job!

Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes
Brad Laibly
Brad Laibly (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

Great resource for using commas correctly!  I love some of the humorus examples of how incorrect comma usage can completly change the meaning of a sentence.  I think that would be very effective in keeping the learner involved.  I also like that fact that during the quiz poriton of the lesson that you can't go on to the next question until you have answered it correctly.  This is an important tool that can't be realized with a pencil and paper.

Technical Remarks:

Most everything looked great.  On question number three in the quez section, the question overlapped the border of the background.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes