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Inviting students to develop skill and craft in writer s workshop

Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer’s Workshop

Everyday Editing By Jeff Anderson

Serial Commas


Author s craft part ii p 47 59 did you make the list teaching the serial comma

Author’s Craft: Part II P.47-59Did You Make the List? Teaching the Serial Comma

Content

Commas can separate things or actions in a series.

Lists must consist of 3 or more actions or items.(the power of three)‏

Two items are a pair and do not require a comma.

*A comma separating the last item is not required. It’s writer’s choice.


Misconceptions

Misconceptions

A confusion exists between lists and pairs.

Misleading assumptions:

~Every sentence that has a comma has a serial comma.

~Every sentence that has an and or and or needs a comma.


Invitation to notice

Invitation to Notice

His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age. Maya Angelou

What do you notice?

Punctuation?

Words?


Invitation to imitate

Invitation to Imitate

Hector’s room smelled of gym socks,HotCheetos,and lies. (My example)

Compare his sentence with hers.

____ smells of ____,____, and ___.

(place)(list of at least 3)‏

Try it. Use the template but add your own details.


Invitation to celebrate

Invitation to Celebrate

Stand and deliver your sentence to the group. Applaud wonderful sentences!


Invitation to write

Invitation to Write

Listen while I read a section from Sing a Song of TunaFish by Esme Codell

Starting with the line, “Let me tell you something about…” write about a person, place or event of your choosing.


Invitation to revise

Invitation to Revise

Reread your Let me tell you something…

Put an asterisk above a part that needs more detail.

Close your eyes and visualize what you hear, smell, taste or feel. Make a list of at least 3 things you smelled, pictured, heard, or remembered.

Revise your freewrite using your list.


How do writers communicate

How Do Writers Communicate?

“His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age.” Maya Angelou

What has changed in each sentence?

  • “His room smelled of cooked grease Lysol, and age.”

  • “His room smelled.”

  • “His room smelled of cooked grease, lysol, and age.”

  • “His room smell of cooked grease, Lysol, and age.”


Invitation to combine

Invitation to Combine

I have hair the color of carrots in a an apricot glaze.

My skin is fair and clear where it isn’t freckled.

My eyes are like summer storms.

Combine these sentences into one.


Invitation to combine1

Invitation to Combine

I have hair the color of carrots in an apricot glaze, skin fair and clear where it isn’t freckled, and eyes like summer storms.

Polly Horvath, Everything on a Waffle


Extending the invitation

Extending the Invitation

  • “ The gym smells like melting hair spray and aftershave” Tony Johnston

  • This is an example of a pair that doesn’t need a comma.

  • Rewrite the sentence using a serial comma. Remember a serial comma is used when there is a list of three or more things or actions. You may add details


Extending the invitation1

Extending the Invitation

“ I close my fingers around the cool, smooth silver.” Elisa Carbone

  • Two adjectives are sometimes separated with a comma.

  • Revise this sentence to contain a serial comma. You may add details


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