Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Students-

Today we are going to go over your homework sheet together. I will answer any questions you have and we will work through any tough problems together. Our goal is to start to understand the usage of commas; we most likely will not have commas completely mastered, and that is ok. We are just trying to understand them in a broad sense.

After your homework corrections, today will be a free D.E.A.R. or writing day: yay!

If you are absent today, please finish your homework from Tuesday and read or write.

Homework tonight is to read 30 minutes.

Happy Wednesday.

-Mr. O'Mera

Tuesday, March 13th

Students-

Today we are going to continue our mini-lesson on commas.

Yesterday we learned three instances where we use commas:
  1. To separate items in a series:
    • Tim wanted rice, chicken, and broccoli for dinner.
  2. After greetings or salutations in a letter:
    • Dear Tom,          Your friend,
  3. After introductory words and phrases:
    • Nervously, Tim turned around.
    • Running and chewing at the same time, Samuel began to choke on his burrito.
Today, we are going to talk about a couple new instances where we use commas:
  1. To separate a direct address:
    • Thank you, Tim.
    • You are welcome, Sally.
  2. To separate appositives. Appositives are phrases that describe a noun. In the sample sentence below, the noun is "Mr. Jenkins" and the appositive phrase "our families doctor" gives us more information about the noun--the phrase describes the noun; therefore, we need to surround it with commas:
    • Mr. Jenkins, our families doctor, is a patient man.
If you were absent today, please copy these notes down in your writer's notebook. Also, if you were absent, you will need to see me to get your make-up homework sheet.

Have a postivie Tuesday!

-Mr. O'Mera



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