Now, Tell Me Punctuation Isn't Important

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  1. Mamacita

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    Woman, without her man, is nothing.
    Woman: without her, man is nothing.
    Woman without; her man is nothing.

    How cool is it that with a tiny dash or dot or swish, we possess such power over our written language. . . .

    (Use it wisely or you'll look like a tool.)
     
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  3. MissFrizzle

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    that is pretty cool:D
     
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    This is a great one! I was fortunate enough to hear this last year, by Ralph Fletcher. At a reading conference he was a keynote speaker.

    If you haven't seen Eats Shoots and Leaves( the children's book),it is a powerful book to use in the classroom. It is based on this same concept!
     
  5. Mamacita

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    There's a multi-million-dollar lawsuit in Canada right now, over a comma. I love it.

    To be perfectly honest, I don't feel much sympathy for a person who signs a contract thinking it says one thing, when it actually says quite another. My advice: pay attention in English class and maybe you won't make a fool of yourself all over the internet by insisting that you get your own way in spite of the fact that the COMMA gives the cable company the right to raise your rates any time they want.

    I love grammar!!!!!!
     
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    Eats Shoots and Leaves is definitely not a children's book.
     
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    The original isn't, no, but there is a children's version that came out this summer.
     
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    Oh, I'm sorry. Thanks for that info.
     
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    Upsadaisy-that is why I said the children's book. There are two versions of it. This is the first time, I have used it in my classroom. It has "higher" level thinking it. It had my students to think about the concepts and what was being said. Some of my students had to use the pictures in order to figure it out.I ended up buying the book because it helps reinforce commas!
     
  10. Upsadaisy

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    It sounds perfect. What grade do you have?
     
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    I used the children's version in fourth grade this year.
     
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    I am teaching 5th grade, but I think it would be appropriate for fourth on up. It has some items in the book that even higher level thinkers must stop and think about.
     
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    Usborne's Improve Your English is a good choice too: there's a fine section on punctuation.
     

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