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Commas in a Series

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Kari Yamber

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Commas in a Series

Commas in a Series By the end of this lesson, you will be able to use
commas in a series correctly. What is a series? The World Series consists of
seven baseball games. Now let's look at another type of
series. The following sentence uses commas in a series:

The fans in the stands ate hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy. The fans in the stands ate hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy. Commas are used to separate items written in a series. Let's look at that sentence again... A series consists of three or more
items or actions. If two items or actions are a pair, not a list, they do not require commas.

For example:

I would like a hot dog and popcorn.

I will go to the ball game and cheer for my team. "Stargirl stopped at an empty table, laid down her bag, slung the instrument strap over her chair, and sat down."

Excerpt from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Invitation to Notice "His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age."

Excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Invitation to Notice "Hector's room smelled of gym socks,
Flamin' Hot Cheetos, and lies." One More Invitation to Notice Use the following pattern to create a sentence with your elbow partner on a sentence strip:

_________ smells of _________, _________, and _________. Invitation to Imitate Invitation to Celebrate!!! Put three of your post-it notes in your
library book. Tonight, as you read, search for examples of commas in a series. Write the examples on the post-its and use them to mark the pages. We will share these tomorrow.
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