Introduce the Learning Activity:
Writing is a very important facet in life and we all need to be proficient writers. Although mostpeople want to be successful writers, getting there is a tough task. There are many elements of grammar and all serve a different
purpose. One of the easiest ways to “destroy” writing is
through comma splices and fused sentences. Even though they are major mistakes in writing,they are relatively easy to fix. Often students simply do not understand how to correct theirerrors. After the next two to three days students will have a better understanding of what acomma splice and fused sentence is, but more importantly how to correct their mistakes.
After introducing the lesson, I would begin by putting an example of my ownwriting on the projector to show how mistakes like comma splices affect writing, andultimately the grade received. I would then show them a revised paper showing theimprovement in structure. If students see the teacher making mistakes with grammar andtrying to improve, they are going to be motivated to want to make their own writing better,because it is not just students who struggle with grammar.
The lesson will begin with an introduction to comma splices. Throughout the year the class hasgone over different rules of grammar and sentence structure. Comma splices and fusedsentences can be difficult to catch, but with practice and application of these rules they canbecome a problem of the past. We will begin the lesson by writing the definitions of a commasplice and a fused sentence.-
are sentences that have two main clauses connected by a comma. Thisform of punctuation is not strong enough to connect two main clauses.-
are sentences that have two independent clauses without a mark of punctuation and/or no coordinating conjunction.Next, we will learn how we can avoid committing these errors. Students will be asked for theirsuggestions, but ultimately the four ways to avoid a comma splice are: connecting the two mainclauses with a semi-colon; separate the clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction(and, or, but, nor, for, so, yet); making the clauses their own sentences by using a period,exclamation point, or question mark; and finally connecting the two clauses with a subordinate
conjunction (after, although, because, before, in order, that, unless, ect…). Fused sentences need
to be revised to know where the proper punctuation goes. A fused sentence is a run-on sentence,and the same rules that apply to comma splices apply to fused sentences.
Students will be asked to go to my website at student.plattsburgh.edu/tcarl002. From here theywill be asked to click on the course calendar tab. From here the lesson can be found along withthe activity and reminder of the definition of a comma splice and fused sentences. They will alsosee a link that will take you to the comma splice and fused sentence exercise page. Here thestudent will be asked to finish all five exercises and hand their answers in to the teacher. Thestudents will be in a group setting, but they will be working individually. In a computer