Lesson Plans and teaching resources

Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Mini-Lesson on Semicolons
This lesson, designed for grades 6-8, uses "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and online resources to explore to use of the semicolon. Students also practice with their own writing.

How to use a Semicolon: The most Feared Punctuation on Earth
What do a semicolon and hairy knuckles (and dinosaurs) have in common? Your kids will love this!

Pause for Punctuation
Students play with several methods to help them identify, use, and correct the improper use of punctuation.

Semicolons; So Tricky
This column from the New Yorker explores the use of the semicolon.