Lesson plans and teaching resources

Comma Story
This 5-minute TED-ED video explains using commas with coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. Captioned, includes follow-up questions and other support materials.

Commas with Adjectives and Lists
Background information and 4 activities.

Follow the links to several traditional comma exercises. Designed for high school and older.

How to Use Commas Correctly
This site includes a quick review of comma rules. Students apply the rules to correctly punctuate sentence strips, included.

The Oxford Comma
This infographic may help students who need just one more explanation. The author's position is "use it only when needed for clarity."

Pasta Punctuation
In this lesson 3rd and 4th graders glue elbow macaroni in sentences to indicate the location of commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

Using Commas
Get students moving and thinking critically with this activity. Good as review, bellringer, or sponge activity.