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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. Content Commas can separate things or actions in a series.

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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 WorkshopP.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 Workshop

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 Workshop

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

What do you notice?

Punctuation?

Words?


Invitation to imitate
Invitation to Imitate Workshop

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 Workshop

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


Invitation to write
Invitation to Write Workshop

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 Workshop

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? Workshop

“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 Workshop

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 Workshop

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 Workshop

  • “ 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 Workshop

“ 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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