Comma Use StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource)
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Micheal Pelt (Faculty)
The materials are presented in a format that is easy to read and understand. The lesson plan is thorough, detailed, and clear. Although the materials overall is correct and useful, there are a few issues that need to be addressed. The first issue, as a grammarian, is the "use a comma for pauses" statement. When students hear that, they seldom go much farther. The end result can be seen in many entry-level college students who will insert a comma almost at random. Having taught many sections of freshman composition at the college level, I have had the devil of a time helping students un-learn the "commas for pauses" idea.
The purpose of punctuation is to delineate the structure of a sentence, to separate items in lists, and to separate different parts or functions of speech. It has little, if anything, to do with breathe patterns.
In general, though, the rest of the materials were thorough, detailed, and correct. The rules were presented in a clear, well-organized manner. This would be a useful, usable tool for middle school, high school, and college freshmen.
Although most of the links in the presentation worked correctly, there were a handful that did not work at all. Some cleaning up needs to be done.
Andrell Williams (Teacher (K-12))
You clearly stated the objective and the standard. Sweet. I like the Offical Rule book. I can definitly use this in my classroom
Stacy Geiger (Teacher (K-12))
What a clever title for this StAIR project! The font and background both make this presentation easy to read. I also really appreciated how clear the objectives for the lesson were. Stating the objectives and/or GLCE standards makes the learner clear on what is expected throughout the lesson. This StAIR does meet UDL in many ways, however, a few simple changes could help make this plan meet even more of them. The part that I struggled with the most was remembering the rule “number” for each rule. It would have been helpful to have the rules listed out in the choices, rather than just the rules. I tried on many slides to go back to the rule book, but the link did not work. The links were also not working properly on many of the question slides. Eighteen rules are a lot for a middle or high school student to remember. To meet the needs of more learners, you may consider choosing the top ten rules, and then maybe have some additional or less common rules at the end of the presentation. Time spent reviewing 20 minutes