- Set B: Used to illustrate commas. It is constructed as for Set A. (As presented on Punctuation: Capital Letters and Periods).
This is an individual presentation.
- Bring the child’s attention to the commas by saying: “I see two little red marks. These are called ‘commas’. Can you say comma?”
- Have the child read the sentence. Bring to the child’s attention that the sentence is very long.
- Tell the child that commas tell us to pause just for a short breath by saying: “Sometimes in a very long sentence, we have to stop to take a breath. And we can take our breath whenever we see a comma.”
- Have the child read the sentence with these pauses.
- Bring the child’s attention to the words that come between the two comas. Tell the child that the words between the commas give us additional information.
- Tell the child that we can read the sentence without the words between the commas.
- Read the sentence without the words between the commas.
- Tell the child that although it makes sense, the words between the commas give us some additional information that helps us understand the sentence a little better.
- Have the child read the sentence again.
- Read all of the cards before putting them away.
- Take out the second set of cards.
- Lay out the commas in a row.
- Take one sentence at a time, help the child conversationally place each punctuation mark where needed.
- Have the child check his work against the first set.
Control Of Error
The sentence written with the correct punctuation written in red.
Points Of Interest
- To make the child aware of basic sentence punctuation.
- To help the child write and read.