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This lists the rules for comma usage. This addresses the Common Core standard for 6th Grade Language: 6.SL.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

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Words Commonly Used to Describe Sounds

The trick is to not use them in their stereotypical way. Ex: "A hard knot clutched at her throat as the little orphan mewed closer, a dirty hand outstretched."

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Writing lessons and resources (rubrics, show don't tell, introductions, vocabulary, publishing sites) - 3rd grade

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