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The Passion of Punctuation

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The Passion of Punctuation

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author
Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Computers with Internet access
  • Ability to project videos from a computer screen to a white board, projection screen, interactive whiteboard, etc.

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Postcard Creator

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Postcard Creator

The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into letter templates. After printing their texts, students can illustrate the front of their postcards in a variety of ways, including drawing, collage, and stickers.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

  • YouTube: Seinfeld

    This excerpt from Seinfeld portrays a debate about exclamation points between Elaine and her boyfriend.

  • You Tube: Seinfeld

    This excerpt from Seinfeld portrays a debate about exclamation points between Elaine and her boss, Mr. Lippman.

  • Oprah.com

    Oprah interviews Cormac McCarthy, who discusses his strong opinions about punctuation.

  • Video Jug

    This short film explains the use of the exclamation point with clever examples.  The web site also includes a helpful summary of rules that can be printed and distributed.

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PREPARATION

  1. Before each session, print and copy printouts for students’ use.
  2. Before Sessions One and Five, locate Internet video clips (cue before class to avoid showing students advertisements that may precede the clips).
  3. Test the Postcard Creator interactive and make sure that you have the appropriate software installed for it to run effectively.  You will need computers with internet access for each student to use this interactive.  If you need additional help with this interactive, please visit our Technical Help page.

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