Grades 5-6 - Colons
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Colons in Lists
Below are sentences that require a list to be placed after the colon. Write an appropriate list to follow the colon.
1. Our class will visit the following places on our history trip around the world:
2. I have used the following forms of transportation during my life: ________
3. Many different kinds of trees and plants grow in my area: _____________
Below are lists that require an introductory sentence to place before the colon. Check that you did not place a verb before the colon.
hot dogs, tablecloth, napkins, paper plates, and plastic forks and spoons.
scissors, glue, construction paper, glitter, and markers.
Colons have many uses in writing. In general, a colon prepares a reader to read information that is closely connected to the information just read. For example, a colon placed before a speaker’s line in a playindicates that the line is spoken by that character, as in, Randi: What time will you be here? A colon is also useful for indicating a list of items related to a subject. See the examples below.
A colon can be used to indicate information that will follow, including a list of information. Examples:
•The following components are on the test: grammar, vocabulary, literature, and spelling.
•Our school has four students in the competition: Ami, Kendra, Raoul, and Dennis.
A colon does not generally follow a verb.
INCORRECT: The book includes: a table of contents, chapters, and an index.
CORRECT: The book includes a table of contents, chapters, and an index.