Punctuating nonrestrictive elements

Punctuating nonrestrictive elements

I can use punctuation to set off nonrestrictive elements.

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Punctuating nonrestrictive elements

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In this lesson, students will learn to identify restrictive and nonrestrictive elements. They will use commas, parentheses, and dashes in their writing.



Learning objective

Students will be able to use punctuation to set off nonrestrictive elements.


Students will review basic comma usage that they’ve learned up to this point.


Students will learn to identify a nonrestrictive/parenthetical element and how to set it off through punctuation. They will also learn the distinctions between commas, parentheses, and dashes. Students will engage in activities, including deciding if the underlined element is restrictive or nonrestrictive, highlighting the nonrestrictive element, using the designated punctuation to separate the nonrestrictive element, and inserting the nonrestrictive element into a sentence.


Students are given 10 exercises in which they will identify restrictive and nonrestrictive words. They will then add commas, parentheses, or dashes to sentences with nonrestrictive elements.


Students will work in pairs to add nonrestrictive elements to a sentence (one using commas, one using parentheses, and one with dashes).

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