The Mighty Comma in the Written Message

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 13880

Dear Student,

Do you know where the two special places to use a comma in a written message are?

Your Friend,


Grammar, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


There are many punctuation marks, and they all have different jobs to do.


Today, we're going to learn more about when to use the mighty comma!

  • Have you ever gotten a birthday card, an email, or maybe even a letter in the mail?

If you have, you probably noticed this punctuation mark.

Commas are almost always used in two special places when writing a message on a card, a letter, or even an email.

One of those places is after the greeting in a written message, also called the salutation.

The greeting is always found at the very beginning of a written message.

  • Can you find the greeting in the letter below?

pen pal letter

The greeting in the letter above is "Dear Pen Pal".

Next, see if you can find the punctuation mark right after the greeting.

  • What is that punctuation mark called?

If you said the comma, you are correct!

After you write the greeting and the name of the person you are writing to in a written message, you should add a comma.

Good work!

The next place you should always add a comma in a written message is at the very end. This part of a letter is called the closing.

  • Can you find the closing in the letter below?
  • What punctuation mark do you see right after it?

pen pal letter

It is a comma, of course!

The comma is always added right after the closing part of a written message.

Some examples of closings in a letter include:

  • From
  • Sincerely
  • Love
  • Your Friend

Good work!

Now, listen to this fun song to review this important way to use the comma!

Commas in a friendly letter from Barbara Lesikar:

The mighty comma is definitely an important punctuation mark.

It is important to use commas when writing a written message like a letter, email, or greeting card!

Next, move on to the Got It? section to see what you remember!


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