Commas to separate introductory words, phrases, & clauses
Commas to separate introductory words, phrases, & clauses

Commas to separate introductory words, phrases, & clauses

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Help your students with their comma usage with this lesson which focuses on commas after introductory words, phrases, and clauses. Students will add commas where they are needed and practice writing sentences of their own!

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to identify when a comma is needed and correctly add it to a sentence after an introductory word or phrase.


Students review what commas are and read a passage that has missing commas. Next, students will be presented with examples of introductory words, like names, yes and no, and interjections. They will also see examples of phrases, a group of words with no subject or predicate. Finally, they will look at introductory dependent clauses.


Students will come up to the board to drag a red comma into sentences where it is needed. They will also read a passage and figure out how many sentences in the passage are missing a comma. Students will be presented with a question, and they will write a response using an introductory word, phrase, or clause and a comma. For example, they will be asked, “What are your plans for spring break?”


Students respond to true or false questions as well as multiple-choice questions. They will read a sentence and decide where there should be a comma. They will also read sentences and choose the one that is correctly written.


Students are presented with a number of introductory words and phrases like “In the evening,” “Well,” and “From the rooftop.” They must use these to write their own sentences with appropriate comma usage.

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