Write 4 sentences that illustrate each of the following rules for comma usage.  Create a word document for this, and use the upload form on the assignments page to send your work to me.


1. Use commas to separate items in a  series.
 •I want peace on Earth, quality family time, and no credit card debt for  Christmas.

2.  Use commas after introductory words or mild interjections.
 •Yes,  I am unrealistic.

3. Use commas to set off words of direct address.
 •Bob, why don't  you help me.

4. Use commas to set off one or more words that interrupt the flow  of a sentence.
  •Lebron James, as you can see in this video here, dominates all  his opponents.

5. Use commas to set off nonessential items: clauses, participial  phrases, appositives.
 •Barack Obama, the President of the United States, might have a 4th of July hot dog eating contest at the White  House.

6. Insert a comma between two independent clauses that are joined  with a coordinating conjunction.
 •My dog chased three rabbits out of the woods,  but they all got away. 

7. Use commas to separate subordinate clauses at the beginning of sentences.
  •Before eating three candy bars, I should have thought of the consequences

Write 6 sentences:
    1. Use to, two, and too correctly.
    2. Use they're, their, and there correctly.
    3. Use whose and who's correctly.
    4. Use you're and your correctly.
    5. Use where and were correctly.
    6. Use it's and its correctly.
No lists, please.  As in - I like the words there, their, and they're.  NOT allowed!)  Write your sentences in the comment section.
As a group watch the Brainpop videos on fragments and run-ons;  Take the quiz for each and write your scores in the comment section.  Then do the practice exercises found here http://goo.gl/Vo6DY  and http://goo.gl/c6EmA  and, again, tell me your scores in the comment section.

Follow this link Watch the demo and then find facts fragments for each of the examples.
Complete the form found here with your answers.

Get into groups of 2 or 3.
Go to this website (http://goo.gl/lBsS8) and visit each stop along the Ellis Island Interactive.  After visiting each stop, write a 2-4 sentence summary.  Do this in your Reading Journals.

Define unfamiliar words:http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/Vocabulary.html
Vocab Quiz Friday.

Mystery hunt in Inspired groups: http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/Hunt.html
Not all the links work, but look at the web addresses and maybe you can figure them out.

Finally click on the Solve it link here: http://kids.mysterynet.com/

With your Inspired Group, watch Brainpop on Verb Tenses.  Take graded Quiz.  Respond (by adding a comment) to the following:

1. What did your group get on the Graded Quiz?
2. What is the infinitive form of a verb?
3. What does "conjugate" mean?
4. What are two ways to show the future tense?
5. Conjugate (include past, present and future tenses for I, you, he or she, we and they) these two verbs: play and go. Make a list like this for each verb:


After using the THIEVES strategy for your non-fiction book, write a one paragraph summary of the book in the comments section.  Then, read the book, and write another paragraph explaining how accurate you were in your first paragraph.  Write this second paragraph as a reply to your original comment.
Write (or type... or tap) a micro story (fewer than a hundred words, but still a good story with a strong climax) that begins as follows:

"Oh," she said.  "I thought you'd never get here."

It should be posted in the comment section.  When you finish you can explore the other apps on your iPad.