Demonstrate the correct use of commas (e.g., after introductory words, phrases or clauses; setting off appositives and interrupters; before coordinating conjunction joining independent clauses to form compound sentences), colons (e.g., in business letters, before a list of items in a series, before a long or formal quotation), semicolons (e.g., combining sentences, between items in a series when the items already contain commas, before conjunctive adverbs), underlining and italicizing (e.g., titles; certain words, letters, figures; foreign words), quotation marks (e.g., with direct quotations, to set off dialogue, in titles, correct use with end marks), apostrophes (e.g., to form both singular and plural possessives), hyphens, and end marks. 0801.1.4
Links verified on 7/14/2014
- Colons and Commas
- The Colon - an explanation from The Guide to Grammar and Writing
- Commas: Exercise 1 || Exercise 2 || Exercise 3 || Exercise 4 || Exercise 5 [these expired pages are from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
- Grammar and Style: Semicolons - from the Writer's Handbook
- Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Tacky Travel, RoboChef, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
- Quiz on Comma Usage
- Semicolon and Colon Quiz - this quiz is interactive and self checking
- Using Colons Effectively - Select "The sentence, please!" and a sentence to edit will appear in the top text-area.
- Using Commas - Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab [This expired page comes from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
- Proofreading for Commas - Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab [This expired page comes from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
- Quotation Marks
- Quiz on Using Quotation Marks - from the Guide to Grammar and Writing, sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, Hartford, CT
- Quotation Marks and Colons - this quiz was designed for 5th grade, but is challenging enough to be used at this grade level
- Quotation Marks - Exercise to be printed and completed by students at their desk | answer to the exercise [these expired pages are from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
- Quotation Marks - Place commas and periods inside, not outside, quotation marks. Place all other punctuation outside quotation marks unless it was contained in the original source.
- The Gallery Of "Misused" Quotation Marks
- Quotation Marks - In the United States, periods and commas go inside quotation marks regardless of logic.
- Single Quotation Marks - Use single quotation marks for a quotation or title using quotation marks inside another quotation or title which uses quotation marks.
- Using Quotation Marks Worksheets - Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Worksheet 3 | Worksheet 4
- Worksheet - fifteen sentences to edit [quotation marks]
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