MicroLesson 19: Using Colons and Semicolons

MicroLesson 19: Using Colons and Semicolons
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Language Arts Presenter:  MicroLesson 19 (see Additional Notes below)

Time required: 25-30 minutes

By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to use a semicolon to...

  • connect the two parts of a compound sentence.
  • connect two sentences joined by transitional words.
  • separate sentences that contain multiple commas.

Students will also be able to use a colon to...

  • introduce a list of items.
  • separate the hour and minutes in the time of day.
  • end the greeting of a business letter or email.

Finally, students will recognize correct punctuation usage in 10 sample sentences.

The Using Colons and Semicolons, Full Version, comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle.  Additionally, all "Free Trial" stamps have been removed.

With the presentation itself and both puzzles, an entire class period will be needed to complete all of the activities.  


This application is one of the 30 MicroLessons available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Each MicroLesson features animated talking avatars who present instructional material to your language arts classes via a smart board or a digital projector.

In addition, these MicroLessons include...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction (in most MicroLessons).
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson (the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle).

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans.

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.

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