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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Teaching Common Core RI (Reading Informational Text) Standards in Middle School

The RI standards for Common Core and TNReady are easily broken down and taught in isolation, but this is not the way they were intended to be taught & this is not the way students will be assessed on these standards.

However, when these standards are introduced, I believe they should be taught in isolation as separate lessons & should be spiraled together in the format of the lesson described below before teaching students to synthesize their findings in an essay format.

Students need to be experts in doing the following with reference to informational texts for TNReady:

  • Read and annotate for Main Idea
  • Explain the Central Idea of an informational text in their own words
  • Identify different Rhetorical Devices, or types of evidence, an author uses to develop and argue his/her Central Idea
    • I initially introduce rhetorical devices through the Rhetorical Triangle because it’s initially easier for students to bucket evidence into 3 categories.
  • Analyze how effective the Central Idea was developed throughout the text
    • This specifically requires students to look at the types of evidence the author uses & analyze why the evidence is/ isn’t persuasive. 
    • In addition to analyzing evidence, students must also think about how/ why the author’s elaboration (explanation of key points) is/ isn’t effective.

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