Stop! Cease and desist!
Well, sort of.
In stopping pupils and making them reflect, we offer them the opportunity to include more and discard any bad habits. Today, this focuses on punctuation - it's basic but a useful poster or mat to have laminated to remind pupils, at the end of extended writing, to prompt checking and proof-reading. It can be extended to get pupils to give examples of the pictured punctuation before starting writing - in essence, showing you they can before then proving they can (perhaps a stop towards lazy writing!).
I should have another mat on capital letters coming soon, but until then...
A second punctuation worksheet, this time on the underestimate hyphens and dashes. A dying art form, but one our stars have to show they can use in sophisticated pieces of writing. It's very similar to the semi-colons and colons worksheet in principle; it has definitions, single sentence examples to try out before a paragraphing activity, all with pupils copying this out in mind - handwriting and punctuation rolled into one!
Let me know if you have any other punctuation requests :)
A quick worksheet for learning about colons and semi-colons, containing a definition box, sentence structure practice and finally a whole paragraph exercise. Designed with the idea of pupils copying out information - a useful handwriting practice exercise as well!
Hopefully more punctuation sheets to follow - do let me know if you want me to move anything up my priority list! Let me know how you get on using this - I'm aware it's quite text-heavy so comments and suggestions welcomed.
From working with primary schools, I know the intense emphasis placed on grammatical concepts and showing that pupils can use these accurately - ouch.
I'm hoping in the future to come up with lessons and resources on actually teaching some of these concepts, but in the meantime I have a worksheet for you based on the active and passive voice. The gist is that pupils read the extract and play around with changing active to passive and vice versa to learn what it does in texts and why we should recognise it. The extract finishes in a convenient place to allow for an extension activity to continue the story and practice using the two concepts imaginatively in their own work.
And hopefully, you might get a few Roald Dahl fans out of this as well! Enjoy - let me know how it goes and what other grammar worksheets you'd like to see on here!
As teachers, we all know that grammatical concepts have become a more rigorously tested concept in our classrooms, for better or for worse.
Regardless of your standpoint on that, at least we can help each other out with simple ways of making sure our stars are understanding the grammatical jargon we're teaching them.
So here's a quick quiz on abstract and collective nouns to kick-start the process. The idea of having two quizzes is that you give two pupils sat next to one another different quizzes but the answers to their partners quiz - et voila, your marking is cut down by quick peer assessment and a score to add to your records!
Let me know what other grammatical quizzes you need and I'll be happy to oblige - and, as always, let me know how your lessons go in the comments below.
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