The following paragraph was
written in response to the lesson,
Appositives and Quotations and demonstrates two uses of
the comma in punctuation.
Teaching Advanced Composition
This writing class has been
and continues to be one of the great joys of my life. The
students, in all their incredible multicultural diversity,
give more to me personally than I could have ever imagined. When
I say, "Let's start writing," they work intensely, no
matter how silly the topic I may have chosen that night. Often,
during the discussions before we begin writing, I get a
surprise. Tonight, for example. "We could use the dash also,"
Ion said, "instead of the comma." It is truly delightful to
see a student who has taken a previous lesson and made the dry
knowledge of the dash into an option, something to be used
with flair and imagination. The delights don't end with the
closing of the class, however. Sitting at my kitchen table, or
even swinging in my backyard hammock, I mark student papers, and
as I do I learn about other ways of seeing the world. A teacher
reads his students. It is more than words, then, because I have
seen you in the flesh and now I have you in my hands, on paper.
Each of you, in your struggle to communicate in a new language,
teach me as much or more than I could ever teach you. For that,
I am truly grateful.
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