Commas, Titles, and Informational Writing ELACC5L2, ELACC5W2
Use commas to… separate items in a series of events Examples: • I went to McDonald’s and ordered a chicken sandwich, a small fry, and a large coke. • I must clean the kitchen, the bathroom, and the family room this weekend.
separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence • I was full from dinner. Still, I could eat dessert. • Fortunately, I did my homework the night before. • Sadly, I couldn’t remember where I put it. • On the other hand, I had time to complete it in morning carpool. • After a while, I decided to leave. • In addition, I began to remember the stories my mother had told me. • Soon, I decided I wanted to explore the cave.
To set off the words yes and no • Yes, thank you. • No, you can’t go outside without wearing a coat.
To set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence • It’s true, isn’t it?
To indicate direct address • Is that you, Steve? • You know, Sarah, that your class is going to the field trip tomorrow.
When there is More than one adjective to describe a noun • The sweet, cool apple tasted good on a hot day. • The soft, sweet, loving kitten purred.
Form Compound and complex sentences • The tennis players grabbed their towels, and they picked up their rackets to go home. (compound) • Since your sister will be around, she can come and play next time. (Complex)
Form Personal letters • Follows the last word in the closing • Your friend, • Follows the name in a salutation • Dear Mary, • Follows the city and date in the heading • Chicago, IL • Dec. 6, 2012
To Set-off Dialogue • My coach said, “Put your helmet on.” • “I will be sure to this time,” I promised.
Transition words and phrases • First, • To begin with, • Second, • Third, • Last, • Finally, • To begin with, • When all is said and done, • All in all,
titles • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (book) • “Jingle Bells” (song) • “Sick” by Shel Silverstein (poem)
Informational writing Writing to explain or inform. • 5 paragraphs- Intro, 3 Body paragraphs, conclusion • Hook • Transition words and phrases • Vocab • Figurative Language • Lots of adjectives and adverbs • Sentence variety and complexity • Send-off at the end
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