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Students explore when semicolons are used and practise adding them to sentences.
Quick capital letter exercises
A worksheet focusing on the use of capital letters in titles, adjectives (from proper nouns) and acronyms or initialisms. Useful as a revision/consolidation tool.
Comma splice alert!
This handy PowerPoint explains what a comma splice is, and asks students to remove the offending punctuation and change the sample sentences!
SPaG: Fortune teller game
A flexible and fun template, which can be used for a variety of spelling, punctuation and grammar related questions or activities.
A quick starter or consolidation game, focusing on apostrophe use in context. Includes answer sheet.
Students practise using capital letters correctly. An ideal starter activity, with two alternative interactive tasks.
Pick apart your punctuation
Differentiate punctuation practice according to the needs of your class, or go the whole hog by giving students all the activities on speech marks, capitalisation, commas, apostrophes and plural spellings.
Teachers TV video - Hard to teach punctuation
A series of hands-on, interactive approaches to teaching punctuation.
Speech in a bubble
Practise punctuating gory speech with this activity based on 'Jaws'.
Changing meaning with commas
How one little comma can make the world of difference!
An interactive resource for exploring when and where commas are used.
Commas in complex sentences
A Smart Notebook lesson exploring how commas can be used to separate clauses and phrases and to change meanings.
Worksheet to consolidate direct speech skills with students at Level 4 and above.
Add an apostrophe to the correct place in each sentence. Includes teacher's copy.
The possessive apostrophe PowerPoint
More effective activities, this time focusing on the tricky area of the possessive apostrophe.
Fill in the missing apostrophes.
Semicolons and colons
Presentation for teaching/recapping these punctuation marks.
Sentence level work - run on sentences
A short presentation on the perils of not punctuating!
Direct speech, mood and characterisation (NLS Y7)
A complete resource which uses extracts from Oliver Twist to explore these concepts.
Punctuation practice: speech marks
Rule reminder and practice tasks.
A nice and useful overview. Could easily be blown up and used as a poster.
Using apostrophes for omission and possession.
Using commas in lists and clauses.