The Sad Semicolon

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Three main rules of semicolons and practice. Crystal Marshall-Krauss Harper's Choice Middle, Columbia, MD 2012

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The Sad Semicolon

  1. 1. Semicolons andCompound Sentences Ms. Marshall 8th Grade English
  2. 2. The Semicolon Warm up: Meet the semicolon. The semicolon is very sad. Why is he so sad? The reason the semicolon is unhappy is nobody understands him.
  3. 3. Sad semicolon I’m so sad…
  4. 4. Is he just like a comma? NO! He’s stronger than the comma. A comma needs a coordinating conjunction to join two independent clauses and make a compound sentence. The semicolon can do it alone.
  5. 5. Joining two independentclauses John picks his nose up because of it. ; his friends throw
  6. 6. Conjunctive Adverbs As a result, for example, however, therefore, and instead If the clauses have a conjunctive adverb, use a semicolon.
  7. 7. Joining with a conjunctiveadverb ; John has plenty of friends however, some of them are grossed out. John’s teachers requested a parent conference ; therefore, his parents had to go to school.
  8. 8. Groups containing commas You can also use a semicolon to separate groups that already have commas.
  9. 9. Already containing commas Many of our community’s residents separate their garbage into bins for newspapers, cardboard, and junkmail; ; glass, metal, and plastic and nonrecyclable trash.
  10. 10. Practice Grammar and Composition Book Page 269-270 Only Odds 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
  11. 11. Conclusion Write a sentence using a semicolon to join two independent clauses on the white paper. Write a sentence using a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb on the blue paper. Write a sentence using a semicolon to separate groups with commas on the gold paper.
  12. 12. Happy Semicolon! , Now semicolon is understood by others and has found happiness! Yippee!

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