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Colons and Semicolons - 6th Grade Grammar


Colons and Semicolons - 6th Grade Grammar

Colons and Semicolons 6th Grade Grammar

Today we're going to learn about two important punctuation marks called colons and semicolons. These are important because they help to make your writing clearer and easier to understand.


  1. Use a colon after the salutation in a business letter.
    Dear Dr. Sayed:
    Dear Mr. Omar:
  2. Use a colon to introduce a list of items.
    I only need the following items for next week’s lesson: standard poster boards, marker sets, and glue sticks.
    Harry's rejoinder was equally emphatic. "Rain, sleet, snow, hail, sun: an umbrella will work for me, Mabel."
  3. Use a semicolon to join together two independent clauses—that is, two clauses that could be sentences on their own. The semicolon takes the place of a comma and conjunction.
    I have to wake-up early; I hate sleeping in late.
    My car broke down this morning; it’s being fixed at the mechanic’s garage at the moment.

Colons and Semicolons Quizizz Quiz


1. What are the rules for using a semicolon?
A semicolon is used to link two independent clauses that are closely related but could stand as sentences on their own. For example, "She loves to read; her brother prefers sports."

2. How do you use colons and semicolons for kids?
Explain to kids that a semicolon is like a stronger comma that can connect two big ideas that are related. For colons, you can tell them it's used to introduce a list or explanation that directly follows from the first part of the sentence.

3. What are example sentences with colons and semicolons?
For semicolons: "I have a big test tomorrow; I can't go out tonight."
For colons: "She has three hobbies: painting, dancing, and singing."

4. What are the rules for colons in grammar?
A colon is primarily used to introduce something that follows from the statement before it, such as a list, a quote, or an explanation. It can also introduce a subtitle or a bulleted list. For example, "He has one true love: music."
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