Lesson Plan

Grammar Bytes: Comma Splices

Comma Splices introduction and practice
Amy K.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to recognize and fix comma splices in a passage. 

English Language Arts
Grades 7 – 12
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1 Hook and Explanation

Pull up the chompchomp.com website on a Smartboard to get students interested. The site makes a "chomping" sound, and the students usually laugh at the "teacher joke" in the name of the site (grammar bytes)-- they generally agree.

Click on the exercises link, and then click on the Comma Splices and Fused Sentences link. Review the explanation of Comma Splices together as a class. 


2 Independent Practice

Pass out the exercise one handout. Instruct students to complete the handout to the best of their ability. 

Inform students when they finish, they should log into their computers and log on to the site (In my classroom I would have a link on Google Classroom-- you could put the link on any LMS of your choosing, write it on the board, or just verbally instruct students-- whatever works). Tell students to go through the exercises on the computer to check their work. Tell them to click on the explanations if they get a question wrong. Have students correct their own work (this could be done as a whole group, BUT the explanations can be helpful). 



Student Instructions

First-- complete the exercise handout 

Second-- log on to the computer and check their answers against the computer answers

Third-- correct wrong answers










3 Possible Extension

Assign additional practice based on the level of the students, the demands of the class, etc. 

You may also choose to have students sign up for the MOOC and complete badges in different exercises. 


4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Provide students with a short passage that includes comma splices. Have students edit the passage. 

This format can be followed for all of the exercises offered on the site. 

Student Instructions

Edit the formative assessment passage