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Where to Put the Comma, Period, Colon, and Semicolon When Using Quotation Marks


punctuation Welcome to the second in a series of tutorials on grammar! This week’s lesson answers such thorny questions as this one: ”Mom, does a period go before or after the last quotation mark?”

You can find the first in the series of grammar tutorials here; it’s all about compound sentences, coordinating conjunctions, and commas. And if that doesn’t create some excitement in the classroom, I don’t know what will.

This week’s tutorial includes an infographic to teach the material, a set of sentences your students can correct to reinforce the material, and the answers to the sentences. There are only two rules (can you believe it?), and they are easy (again, is it to be believed?).

This lesson does not cover quotation marks in dialog. Tarzan and I will hit that next week.

As you’ll notice by the infographic,

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The Memory of Snow


snow memoryIn The Giver by Lois Lowry, young Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memories. Because his people control the weather, he’s never seen snow. The first cultural memory transmitted to him from The Giver is of snow.

Here’s how Lois Lowry writes Jonas’s first encounter with the idea of snow. Notice how she uses many senses to communicate snow’s feel to readers:

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What Memory Would You Give?


memoryMemories are powerful.

Jonas finds that out in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, which debuted this weekend in movie form.

Memories can cause pain. They also can bring hope, courage, or feelings of love.

Although no one can transmit memories from one person to another simply by touching them, this is exactly what happens in The Giver, and a memoryparticular memory gives Jonas wisdom when he has to make an important life-and-death decision. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to spoil the book or the movie for you.

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