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Comma Rules Anchor Chart

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★ Overview of 7 most common comma rules
★ Hang in your classroom as an anchor chart and print out a copy for students as a quick reference to keep in their binders throughout the year

★ The rule, an explanation, and an example sentence illustrating the rule


Since students will no longer see grammar skills in isolation, it is critically important for them to learn grammar skills and have ample practice isolating the grammar skill within a question. This anchor chart provides a quick reference for students to pull out when answering spiraled grammar questions. Students must be able to identify comma errors and explain what is incorrect about the usage. This anchor chart empowers students to learn rules autonomously and take responsibility for identifying the skill of a question.

TNReady Writing Conventions Aligned Standards:

★ L.7.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
★ L.7.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
★ L.7.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

★ PPT Anchor Chart
★ PDF formatted as an 8.5 by 11 (ready to print)

Get the Comma Rules Anchor Chart Here:

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A Christmas Carol: TNReady/ Common Core Aligned Lessons

A Christmas Carol PhotoOnly 3 weeks of instruction left until Christmas! In these final weeks, I’ve relied on A Christmas Carol to review and teach foundational literacy skills as a final review before exams. The text allows teachers to both build historical context around the Industrial Revolution and a complex text to analyze characters, language, structure, and theme, to name a few.


Middle School Writer PinterestI’ve highlighted two of my favorite lessons that make use of A Christmas Carol below. These lessons are aligned to Reading Literature and Writing Standards; they are scaffolded and rely on a catch and release model to help students master literacy content. There are even more lessons aligned to A Christmas Carol available on my Pinterest; visit by clicking the picture to the left.

Dynamic Character Development in A Christmas Carol
This lesson starts with a Do Now reviewing how to correctly include evidence in written response. The lesson provides a scaffolded approach to defining dynamic characters and analyzing them over the course of a text. This lesson requires the close reading of short excerpts from the play, which reinforces another foundational reading skill in TNReady/ Common Core.

Dynamic Character Development in A Christmas Carol


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Understanding Theme in A Christmas Carol
This lesson builds historical context around the setting of A Christmas Carol. Students view primary and secondary sources (embedded in this PPT) and respond in writing to prompts throughout the lesson. This lesson addresses Reading Literature and Writing Standards for TNReady and Common Core.

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