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The Passion of Punctuation
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Six 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access
- Ability to project videos from a computer screen to a white board, projection screen, interactive whiteboard, etc.
Grades K – 8 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
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.
- Session One: Writing with Passion
- Session One: Marks of Punctuation Attitudes Chart
- Session One: Practicing Punctuation
- Session One: Proselytizing Punctuation
- Session Two: A Wink to the Semicolon
- Session Two: “An Elegant Pause—Or Merely a Pretentious Comma?”
- Session Two: An Extension
- Session Three: A Quick Review
- Session Three: Right or Wrong? It’s my choice. Right?
- Session Three: Right or Wrong? It’s my choice. Right? – Answer Key
- Session Three: An Extension
- Session Four: Let’s Talk About Colons
- Session Six: What Mark of Punctuation Are You?
- Session Six: Practicing Passionate Punctuation with Postcards
- 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 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.
- Before each session, print and copy printouts for students’ use.
- Before Sessions One and Five, locate Internet video clips (cue before class to avoid showing students advertisements that may precede the clips).
- 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.