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Once Upon a Question Mark

What's the question? In this lesson about question marks, students will learn how to write and identify questions, generate their own questions, and read with punctuation marks in mind.
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Students will use question marks effectively in oral and written language.

(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Summer Camp worksheet to your students.
  • Read the passage aloud, not using inflection as you read.
  • Discuss the missing punctuation marks. For example: How would the story sound if I used a question mark here? How does punctuation tell us to read?
  • Show students the symbol for the question mark.
  • Instruct them to write the symbol in their notebooks.
  • Explain that a question mark is used at the end of an asking sentence.
(15 minutes)
  • Write a list of question words on board, such as why, how, and when.
  • Have students generate a list of question sentences beginning with one of the question words listed.
  • Record your students' sentences on the board.
  • Encourage students to read sentences with correct intonation and pitch.
(15 minutes)
  • Give your students cards with a question mark.
  • Explain that they will listen to some sentences and raise the question mark card when they hear an asking sentence.
  • Make up various sentences, and have students respond by raising the question mark card if it is an asking sentence.
(20 minutes)
  • Write different types of sentences on board, modeled after the ones on the worksheet.
  • Instruct students to write these sentences in their notebooks and put a question mark where appropriate.
  • Enrichment: Give students the Summer Camp 2 worksheet to complete. Have them fill in the blanks with the correct punctuation marks.
  • Support: Instruct students to complete the Question Words worksheet to become familiar with common question words.
(5 minutes)
  • Circulate and offer help where needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite students to explain what they have learned.
  • Have students come up with sentences, and direct them to take turns marking the sentence with a partner.

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