Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Picture Book Month: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

In this hilarious book on commas, students are "shown" through illustrations how the same sentence, with different punctuation can lead to humorous misunderstandings.

What it looks like in the Middle:
Yes, this is a cute book to review comma rules, and it's possible to assess students on the type of comma rules, but I use it to help students visualize the power of punctuation by creating their own pages with their own base sentence and illustrations to show the two different meanings based on punctuation alone. For an extra challenge, I select a comma "rule" that they need to show with their base sentence and illustration.

These pages are shared with 2nd grade reading buddies to teach them about punctuation. I find that if the students can teach it to someone else, then they own that knowledge.

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