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How to Use Commas in Compound Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions

How to Use Commas in Compound Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions

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commasOkay, so the title of today’s article isn’t the most exciting. In fact, you might find it downright boringor intimidating.

I’ve been known to zone out when my husband tries to explain football lingo and rules to me. My eyes glaze over. My ears stop working. The same might be true for your students and the subject of commas.

You can use the infographic below to teach students when to use commas in a compound sentence that is joined by a coordinating conjunction. After the infographic, you’ll find a free, downloadable exercise to give your students to reinforce the material they’ve just learned. The answers follow the exercise below and are included in the free download.

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Proofreading: Three Methods to Make it Easier

Proofreading: Three Methods to Make it Easier

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Proofreading is never easy. Anyone who says it’s easy is trying to sell you something or has never actually tried it.

If we can’t make it easy, at least we can make it easier for our troubled, weeping students. In fact, with these three tips, you can change it from a job that requires the strength of a backhoe to one that uses a garden trowel.

Many professional writers use the first two methods in their own writing, and so can your students. The third one is exclusively for students.

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3 Best Proofreading Tips for Homeschool Writers

3 Best Proofreading Tips for Homeschool Writers

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Proofreading is painful for students. They feel they’re through with the writing process when they write their first draft and then want nothing more to do with that essay. Students tell me that writing the first draft and proofreading it is like writing their paper twice.
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The skill of proofreading their own papers is essential to the writing process.

First, by catching their mistakes or finessing the points or flow of the essay, students learn to write more effectively.

Second, they show respect for their teachers by handing in a well-thought-out paper with few mistakes.

And third, students begin to understand through the editing process that there is an audience at the other end of their essays. They aren’t writing simply to keep themselves busy; they are writing to communicate, educate, explain, persuade, or entertain.

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We know there’s more work ahead for our students, but what methods can we teach them so they can proofread their work by themselves?

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