Semicolon and Colon Practice

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CATCHER QUIZ CH 1-4:
On the front of the half sheet:
Describe the characters and setting with AS
MUCH detail as possible (prove to us that you
did not just read Sparknotes by 3-4 specific
details about each character/setting)
On the Back of the half sheet:
Supplementary Reads: Write down your
SOAPstone for both texts on the back of the half
sheet.
Grammar Bootcamp
Part Two
LEARNING TARGET:
I can use Semi-colons, colons, and other
commas in my writing and on ACT style
questions 
DON’T FORGET!
• If you received a C or lower on your paper,
please stop by my room after school today for
a quick review of signal phrases, special
quotes, and other questions.
• This is an opportunity for individual help;
Don’t miss out!
GOLDEN RULE: SEPARATE IND vs DCW
THE SEMI-COLON
Rule #1: IND1;IND2.
Holden’s struggles to relate to others; he is always
skeptical that people are phonies.
Rule #2: IND; DCW,IND.
NEW IND
We have been working hard; however, we still have
much to learn.
Practice #3: Semi-Colons
Directions: First, underline all the IND and circle all the DCW, if there are
any. Some of these sentences need semi-colons. Add semi-colons as
necessary. For sentences with no mistakes, write NO CHANGE.
1) We learned how to use MLA format however, we could still use
some practice.
2) Holden attempts to speak to girls he knows girls intimidate him.
3) We will be writing perfect paragraphs; our claims will focus on
how the author characterizes key characters.
4) Holden is a teen in angst; he struggles with issues of insecurity
and disillusionment.
Practice #3: Semi-Colons
1) We learned how to use MLA format; however, we could
still use some practice.
2) Holden’s attempts to speak to girls; he knows girls
intimidate him.
3) We will be writing perfect paragraphs; our claims
will focus on how the author characterizes key
characters.
4) Holden is a teen in angst; he struggles with issues of
insecurity and disillusionment.
GOLDEN RULE: SEPARATE IND vs DCW
COLON
IND: DCW
Rule #1: Use a colon before a DCW that is a list.
– A colon is needed before these phrases: these are, there
are, the following, as follows, such as , these things.
– Ex: We are annotating for the following: essential
questions, imagery-evoking syntax, and long versus short
sentences.
Rule #2: Use a colon before a DCW that is an
explanation of the IND.
- Ex: There is one golden rule: separate IND and DCW.
- Ex: Holden has one favorite book: Out of Africa.
GOLDEN RULE: SEPARATE IND vs DCW
COLON
Rule #3: (Exception to IND:DCW) Use a colon
before a long, formal quotation
Holden describes his disdain for phoniness through his
interaction at Pencey with people who are phony: “One
of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I
was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were
coming in the g_____ window. For instance, they had
this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest
bastard I ever met in my life” (Salinger 1).
Practice #4: Colons
Directions: First, underline all the IND and circle all the DCW, if there are
any. Some of these sentences need colons. Add colons as necessary.
For sentences with no mistakes, write NO CHANGE.
1) Holden describes Mr. Spencer as Spencer is just about to
lecture Holden “I could feel a terrific lecture coming on. I didn't
mind the idea so much, but I didn't feel like being lectured to
and smell Vicks Nose Drops and look at old Spencer in his
pajamas and bathrobe all at the same time. I really didn’t”
(Salinger 30).
2) We have learned the following annotating for SOAPSToneD,
writing with MLA format, and grammar.
3) Holden was confused by this his roommate and Jane together.
4) I plan on reading the following: The Great Gatsby, Catcher In the
Rye, and Raisin in the Sun.
Practice #4: Colons
Directions: First, underline all the IND and circle all the DCW, if there are
any. Some of these sentences need colons. Add colons as necessary.
For sentences with no mistakes, write NO CHANGE.
1) Holden describes Mr. Spencer as he prepares to lecture Holden:
“I could feel a terrific lecture coming on. I didn't mind the idea
so much, but I didn't feel like being lectured to and smell Vicks
Nose Drops and look at old Spencer in his pajamas and
bathrobe all at the same time. I really didn’t” (Salinger 30).
2) We have learned the following: annotating for SOAPSToneD,
writing with MLA format, and grammar.
3) Holden was confused by this his roommate and Jane together.
4) I plan on reading the following: The Great Gatsby, Catcher In the
Rye, and Raisin in the Sun.
GOLDEN RULE: SEPARATE IND vs DCW
OTHER COMMA USAGE
Rule #1: Use a comma after every item in a series except the
last. The items in a series may be single words, or phrases,
or clauses.
Ex: We have read about the following: JD Salinger’s history,
the history of World War II, and social movements of the
1950’s.
Rule #2:When two or more adjectives come before a noun,
use a comma after each adjective except the last one.
Ex: Holden describes Pencey Prep as a place where phony,
boring people go to congregate.
Practice #5: Other Comma Usage
Rule #1:Use a comma after every item in a series
except the last. The items in a series may be
single words, or phrases, or clauses.
Your Example: ___________________________
Rule #2:When two or more adjectives come
before a noun, use a comma after each
adjective except the last one.
Your Example:___________________________
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