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# How to Use a Semicolon

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## Dani Wolf

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*A
semicolon
is a punctuation mark that connects two
independent
clauses.
Ex. Language class is fun; I like the assignments
* ;
* You can use a semicolon to connect two independent clauses in which
are used.
Ex. Claire ran a marathon; afterward she felt strong.
*The clauses have to be closely
related
.
Ex. Some people write with a word processor; others write with a pen or pencil.

Introduction
Mini
Lesson/Notes
Mini Lesson Notes
Mini Lesson Notes
Morgan
How to Use a Semicolon
A semi colon seems like a very complicated part of literature, but in reality, the idea of a semicolon is not that hard to grasp. In this lesson, our group will teach you all about semicolons and how to use them. Then, you will play a game on Kahoot and take a test after that. After this lesson, we guarantee you will know what a semicolon is and how to use it.
Closure
Practice Activity
Let's Review: the definition of a semicolon is a punctuation mark that separates two independent clauses
(is similar, but not the same as a comma)
.
Example: Niall played the guitar; the crowd
cheered loudly.
Assessment
Question One
Question Two
Question Three
Question Four
Question Five
Question Six
Question Seven
Question Eight
Question Nine
Question Ten
What does a semi-colon look like?
A. ,
B. ;
C. :
D. -
What does a semicolon connect?
A. Dependent Clauses
B. Words
C.Independent Clauses
D. Two Sentences
Comma
Use a comma after the first independent clause when you link two independent clauses with one of the following coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. For example:
~I am going home, and I intend to stay there.
~It rained heavily during the afternoon, but we managed to have our picnic anyway.
~They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark, so they decided to camp for the night.
Semicolon
Use a semicolon when you link two independent clauses with no connecting words. For example:
~I am going home; I intend to stay there.
~It rained heavily during the afternoon; we managed to have our picnic anyway.
~They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark; they decided to camp for the night.
https://play.kahoot.it/#/?quizId=a4f371d2-c157-48b6-8d6b-6062a7e3e71c
Jack
Claire
Deanna
Dani
Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!!!
What is it called when you use a comma when you should have used a semi colon?
;)
Test Time!
*A semicolon will indicate a
pause
in the sentence.
* DO NOT use a semicolon if there is a
conjunction
in the sentence.
Ex. Incorrect way: I like writing; but I hate reading.
Correct way: I like writing, but I hate reading.
Please get out a pencil and grab an answer sheet as they go by.
A. Comma Splice
B. Comma Spice
C. Semi Colon Mistake
D. Semi Colon Splice
*Comma
Splice
: When you use a
comma
in the space of a semicolon. Only use a comma to connect two independent clauses when a
conjunction
is used (and, but, or, nor, yet, so, for)
* A comma splice may be considered a
run-on
sentence.
*A comma is a pause; a semicolon is used between
clauses
.
Examples:
You said we can go Tuesday, but Jane said Wednesday is better.
You said we can go Tuesday; Jane said Tuesday was better.

True or False: Semi-Colons indicate a pause.
A. True
B. False
True or False: ALWAYS use semi-colons with conjunctions.
A. True
B. False
True or False: If you use a comma splice, it may end up being a run on sentence.
A. True
B. False
Sources
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/04/)
www.grammarbook.com
What sentence does not use a semi colon correctly?
A. We had too many fumbles; we lost the game.
B. She calls it the bathroom; I call it the loo.
C. You shouldn't have so much food; you'll have to go on a diet.
D. She has nice eyes; but her smile looks creepy.
Which sentence uses a semi-colon correctly?
A. I like pickles; but she likes olives.
B. I need chicken; pasta; and sauce.
C. You need cake; and frosting.
D. She didn’t see the other car coming; now her car has a huge dent.
How much about semi-colons did you learn?
A. Nothing
B. A bit
C. A decent amount
D. A lot
Keep in mind that most of the answers are from the notes.
What is acceptable in a sentence with a semi-colon?
B. Related Sentences
C. Clauses
D. All of the above
Olivia
Michael
Jack
Claire
Deanna
Olivia
Morgan
Dani
Michael
Jack
Claire
Deanna
Olivia
Olivia
Dani
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