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Play With Punctuation

Featuring a series of hands on activities and worksheets, this ESL-friendly lesson will give your young writer a comprehensive overview of common punctuation marks.
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Students will be able to identify and properly use common punctuation marks.

(5 minutes)
  • Explain to the class that punctuation is the usage of marks to make the meanings of sentences clearer.
  • Have students name some punctuation marks that they already know.
(10 minutes)
  • Write down a few non-punctuated sentences on the board. For example: I went to the park yesterday I had a great time What did you do yesterday
  • Ask the students to suggest ways to punctuate the sentences.
(20 minutes)
  • Once the students are warmed up for the lesson, take them outside to play Punctuation Red Light, Green Light.
  • Follow the activity instructions as closely as you can.
(30 minutes)
  • Hand out a copy of Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (or another grade-appropriate reading book) to each student.
  • Follow the instructions to Gotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud Game. However, instead of working with each student one-on-one, have students form small groups.
  • Conduct the activity once with each group. Each time you visit a group, have the other groups read the book on their own.
  • Once students are done with the activity, have them work on either the Wolf and the Goat or Punctuation Match-up worksheet. (See Differentiation for details.)
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students work on The Wolf and the Goat worksheet during Independent Working Time.
  • Support: Work with struggling students on the Punctuation Symbols worksheet during Independent Working Time.
(10 minutes)
  • Write some incorrectly-punctuated sentences on the board.
  • Ask the students to proofread your sentences. Each time a student makes a suggestion, ask him to explain the reason why the change needs to be made.
  • Assess students' understanding of the lesson content based on their answers.
(10 minutes)
  • Review the correct ways to use common punctuation marks. Marks you should definitely cover are the period, comma, question mark, and exclamation point.

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