Punctuation practice (Taster)

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By Eileen Joneseducation journalist, author and literacy specialist
(Originally published June 2009)

Use the poster as a stimulus to help boost punctuation purpose and effect.

Illustrated safari park

Punctuation is not a haphazard collection of symbols; it is a well-planned code. Used deliberately, the code contributes to a text’s meaning, its mood and effect on the reader. Once children understand the benefits, they too will want to punctuate effectively.

This series aims to emphasise the power of punctuation. After an introduction to its purpose and effect (this month), we’ll focus on its use in different contexts: conversational texts, instructional texts, and descriptive texts. The series also uses the colourful Poster, ‘Punctuation Safari Park’ to help put punctuation in context. Display the poster somewhere prominent and the children will be able to use it for inspiration, while enjoying the challenges of some fun punctuation work.

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