Language Arts

The Makings of a Story
A well written story should have a:
Beginning - tells the reader what the story will be about
Middle - gives a detailed account of the events that took place;plot
End - gives the reader a satisfying solution or describes the lesson learned
Punctuation Rules
Periods .
1.  At the end of a telling sentence
I like to eat bananas.
2.  At the end of a sentence that gives an order
Go get me a soda.
3.  After an abbreviation
Doctor = Dr.
Question Marks ?
1.  At the end of an asking sentence
Are you coming to the party?
Exclamation Marks !
1.  At the end of a sentence that shows a strong emotion
What a great park!
Quotation Marks " "
1.  At the beginning and end of a direct quote (person's exact words)
The teacher answered, "Yes, we are going on a field trip."
Apostrophes '
1.  In a contraction to show that letters are missing
Do not = Don't
2.  To show ownership
the purse of mom = mom's purse
Commas ,
1.  To separate items in a series
I like to eat bananas, strawberries, and peaches.
2.  After an introductory word or dependent clause
No, we are not going.     
Running in the park, I became very tired.
3.  After a direct address ( when you use a name)
Tom, I like your shirt.     
I like your shirt, Tom.
4.  Before an after a direct quote
My mom said, "Go to your room!"     
"I am here," said Rob.
5.  To separate the day of the month and the year in a date
May 7, 2002
6.  Between a city and a state
We live in Mission, Texas.
7.  After the greeting and closing of a letter
Dear Tim            Yours truly,
8.  Before a conjunction (and, but, or, so) in a compound sentence
Martha went to the store, and she bought a pair of jeans