Pick a Mark of Punctuation. Choose from these punctuation marks: Apostrophe ‘ Comma , Dash -- Ellipse … hyphen - parenthesis ( ) quotation marks “” Semicolon ;. Which mark of punctuation did you chose? Why? How often do you use this mark of punctuation in your writing now?
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Start reading some of the picture books recommended by your teacher. Some great books are by authors Tomie De Paola, Mem Fox, Patricia Polacco, and Cynthia Rylant. Look for the mark of punctuation that you are studying. You might want to mark them with a Post-It note.
Copy enough of the sentence or sentences around the mark of punctuation so we can understand how it is used.
Find at least three examples. Make sure you tell which book they came from.
Tell what you noticed about each of the three examples. It should be something different for each example.
Stuck? Not sure what to notice? Here are some ideas:
The mark comes at the beginning of a a list.
The mark makes you pause more than you might with another mark.
The mark makes you notice a word or phrase more than you might otherwise.
The word is pronounced differently because of the mark of punctuation.
The possibilities are endless!
The ellipse makes you pause before you find out what will happen in the new year.
The ellipse seems to show words that were not included in the quote on the back. It takes out things that they didn’t think were important enough to include on the back of a book.
The ellipse makes you pause and also helps to see how long it took the kids in the class to sound out the words.
Now look at all the examples and what you noticed about the punctuation mark in each one.
Think about why the author would include this mark of punctuation in his or her writing.
Write about why you think the author would do this.
Now it is your time to write using the mark of punctuation that you studied. You will use other marks of punctuation as well, but make sure to use your mark of punctuation twice. You can chose to write about anything. If you’re stuck and looking for something to write about, try this link of writing topics.
Find your punctuation mark here!
Click on the link below to access the punctuation study wiki. Find the link on the left hand side under the navigation button with the mark of punctuation that you studied.
Chose the option at the top to “Edit This Page”. Share your examples, what you noticed about each one, and why you think the author used them in the wiki. Remember that cutting and pasting from your PowerPoint Starter will save you a lot of time!
Be sure to add your name so we know who added the information.
Chose “Edit this Page”