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Semicolons and Swift: Analyzing Punctuation and Meaning

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Semicolons and Swift: Analyzing Punctuation and Meaning

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Dean

Deborah Dean

Provo, Utah


International Literacy Association


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The Passion of Punctuation

Using published writers’ texts and students’ own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30

Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.

Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Bringing Grammar to Life

Seamlessly integrate grammar instruction into your entire language arts curriculum.


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