No, commas are not added like salt and pepper (to taste)
January 11, 2011 7:51 AM Subscribe
I'm teaching a humanities course at an open-admission college. The students are extremely poor writers, and have almost zero knowledge of English grammar. This semester, I want to help them avoid comma splices, since that's one of the top three issues I see in their papers (spelling errors and sentence fragments being the other two). Can you help me design a lesson/activity to help them?
posted by philosophygeek to education (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not teaching an English course, so I have at most 25, maybe 45 minutes I can devote to this topic. I can't use any grammar jargon (and I mean *any*: I asked them to identify the verb in the sentence "John was at home" and "was" was guess #3, after John and at).
They desperately need help with identifying and avoiding comma splices, and I would be grateful for any suggestions of how to teach it. Activities, games, and methods of proofreading are all fair game.