Comma usage

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Comma usage

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In this lesson, students learn to use commas to address a person directly and to set off a question at the end of a statement.

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.


Engage your students’ prior knowledge by asking them when commas should be used in writing. They may recall that commas come before a coordinating conjunction, to separate items in a list, and in dates. Introduce that commas are also used to set off a tag question and to address a person directly.


Explain that commas can be used to set off a tag question. Then display several examples on the interactive whiteboard. Have students drag a comma to the correct place in a sentence and drag the correct question tags. After this, students will practice by choosing 3 tag questions and writing 3 sentences, making sure to include commas correctly. Next, explain that commas can be used to address a person directly. The noun names the person who is being spoken to and can be placed in the beginning, middle, and end of a sentence. Explain that if the name is in the middle, a comma should be placed before and after. Once again, students will write 3 sentences. They should be addressed to someone in the class and they should use commas correctly.


Students respond to true or false questions and multiple-choice questions. Students will determine if commas in sentences are used correctly or incorrectly.


Review the learning objective and the type of comma usage learned. Students will then read a passage. Have them use the pencil tool to add commas where they are needed.

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