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When to Use Parentheses, Commas, and Dashes

Teaching when to use commas, parentheses, dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Common Core L.6.2.A states students should use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. So, is there a difference in the three? Some resources say no. Others say yes. This post will list the rules pointing out the differences in the three, so you can decide.

Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Elements

First you need to understand the meanings of nonrestrictive and restrictive elements Continue Reading

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Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

Rhyme and Alliteration PowerPoint

 

Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

As I was looking through some lesson plans to decide what to share in this post, I came across two lesson plans I had created for my 2012/2013 school year observations. Since I wasn’t sure which class the observation would take place, I planned lessons for an entire day. I am including materials from my fourth grade language arts lesson “Alliteration and Rhyme” and my fifth grade language arts lesson “Onomatopoeia and Alliteration.” You will notice that both lessons have many of the same activities. I often planned for unannounced observations this way, as it was so much less time consuming. Also, these lessons are based on the Tennessee Student Performance Indicators (SPIs). Since the PowerPoint presentations are not locked, you can easily change the pages to your state standards or to the Common Core Standards. Continue Reading

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