March 21, 2016
by Nekeisha Hall

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Once Upon a Question Mark

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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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