June 22

Commas

Commas are often introduced much earlier than fourth grade, but fourth grade tends to be the grade where it is expected to be mastered.  We learn about using them before dialogue (I said, “Don’t forget to use commas to separate clauses!”), when using adverbs to introduce a sentence (like finally or on the other hand), in dates and numbers, and to separate items in a series, like this one.

This last one is the one that has provoked some controversy.  It is sometimes referred to as the Oxford Comma, and I like it.  I teach it.  Every year, I get some pushback from students, and even other educators, who say that it is no longer necessary.  I don’t care. I am probably passionate about using it because it’s what I learned in school some time during the middle ages.

Today I came across an article (https://thewritelife.com/is-the-oxford-comma-necessary/ by Kelly Gurnett) that gave me a name – a “diehard Oxford comma loyalist.” I like this, too. I know I am not a grammar perfectionist. I often make grammatical mistakes, usually caught by my waiting-to-pounce-on-every-mistake fourth-graders, but I will always use, and teach, the Oxford comma. What are your thoughts?


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Posted June 22, 2017 by kassatly in category Uncategorized

21 thoughts on “Commas

    1. kassatly (Post author)

      Thanks, Rush! I’ll be in tomorrow, but if I don’t see you, have a great summer! Please stop by next year. I especially have a hard time with the first day. So many new faces! It’s great when past students stop by on their way to their new classes. It makes me feel much better to see familiar faces!

  1. ekornfeld25

    Hi Mrs Assatly,
    I agree about how in forth grade you start to master commas,but you do learn it in lower grades. I like you you had a link.
    -Emma

  2. mdavies25

    Hi Mrs. Assatly! Great post! I agree with you that commas are very important. I used to be so bad in grammar, but I have gotten better over the years.I like the Oxford comma as well! Well then, I hope you feel better! Bye!

  3. jschwartz25

    Dear Mrs.Assatly,
    I think the oxford commas are also important.
    I use them a lot.😀
    I always think I do it wrong when I see someone
    who doesn’t use it!😀😀😀
    I hope you feel better,
    Jen💖

  4. ekornfeld25

    Hi Mrs Assatly,
    I agree about how in forth grade you start to master commas, but you do learn it in lower grades. I think I am starting to master them. I like you you had a link.
    -Emma

  5. ewaxman25

    Hi Mrs. Assatly
    Commas are very important. I think I am starting to master them this year. I also make a lot of grammatical mistakes, but my brothers correct me.

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