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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
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National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Student Interactives

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Style: Defining and Exploring an Author’s Stylistic Choices

Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Semicolons and Swift: Analyzing Punctuation and Meaning

This lesson will help punctuation make a mark on students as they read Jonathan Swift’s work and analyze his use of punctuation.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Minilesson on Semicolons

Students analyze stylistic choices and grammar use in authentic writing, focusing on the use of the semicolon in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again

After exploring the styles of two authors, students translate passages from one author into the style of another. They then translate fables into the style of one of the authors.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

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.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Grammar Alive!: A Guide for Teachers

NCTE’s Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar provides this much-needed resource for teachers who wonder what to do about grammar—how to teach it, how to apply it, how to learn what they themselves were never taught.

 

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