ELA 3: Indent, Indeed

Get ready for some intense indents. We're throwing little spaces in text all over the place in this video.

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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Indentation. [Dino discussing indentation]

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Even if you don't recognize the word, you've probably seen indentation before: it's that

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little space at the start of a paragraph.

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Aw…so little! [Finger points to an indentation in a paragraph]

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So cute!

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When we're writing, we usually leave a bit of space between the edge of the page and

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where we write.

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These spaces between the body of text and the edges of the page are called the margins.

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So the indentation is the little blank space that comes between the left margin, and the [Finger points to margins]

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first line of a paragraph!

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It helps us to show that a new paragraph is starting, because unfortunately, we can't

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put drumrolls and trumpet fanfares into essays. [Drums and trumpets appear]

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There are plenty of different types of indentation.

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One is hanging indentation, where instead of the first line being indented…

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…every line except for the first one gets the indentation treatment.

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We can also use indentation to set off bits of text that we want to show off as being [Sentence in paragraph highlighted]

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particularly important, like a quotation.

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Unlike the indentation at the start of a paragraph, we indent every bit of the quotation, so that

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it has a nice, clear comfortable spot on the page.

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It might not be quite as comfortable as a really fancy mattress, but it's just a bunch of text. [Boy jumps on bed]

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They won't lose any sleep over it, trust us.

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Once you know a thing or two about indenting, you'll be formatting your writing like a champ, [Coop talking about indentation]

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keeping everything clear and under control.

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And if you're still feeling guilty over that block of text tossing and turning at night,

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maybe buy them a mattress topper or something… [Piece of paper on a mattress]