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text 2017-12-23 07:45
Improve Your Diction With These Punctuation Tips

Punctuation marks are an integral feature of English language essay writing. But many students struggle to understand how they are supposed to incorporate them within their work. This problem is even more prevalent among the international students’ community because punctuation marks are a concept primarily found within European languages. Students coming from Asia and Africa are typically unfamiliar with their use and are hence unable to incorporate them effectively.

If you are looking for strategies to enhance your writing prowess, then nothing will be more useful than using punctuation marks effectively. This blog will effectively guide you on how to do precisely this. Alternatively, you can always solicit academic aid from the best essay help UK.

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Commas

The comma is probably the most widely used punctuation mark; but it is also the trickiest to understand where and when to use. There is virtually an endless number of situation in which a comma can be applied; so much so that it warrants its own blog. Below are the two most delicate of circumstances surrounding the use of the comma:-

  • One of the most controversial aspects of its usage among scholars is before the word ‘and’. Technically speaking, it’s not against grammar rules to do so. However it’s better that you don’t since many people tend to frown upon this.

  • Another potential grammar landmine in relation to comma is the word ‘which’. Typically when it is being used to carry forward towards an idea or explanation; there is a comma preceding it. Not using a comma here is one of the most pervasive punctuation errors that students make. You can avoid taking such a risk altogether and substitute ‘which’ with ‘that’ instead.

Apostrophes Vs. Quotation Marks

These are two punctuation marks whose usage is perplexing for many students who often confuse one for the other. The difference between these two is actually very simple. Internalise this information:-

  • Apostrophes are used in circumstances when you want to want to quote something as being said by somebody, or something, else. It is supposed to convey that the statement in question is doubtful and is likely to not be true. For example; “she gossiped with a ‘ghost’”.
  • Quotation marks are used in order to quote in your project. This makes it especially important for the situations where you need to include a direct quote from a researcher. An example would be; the professor said that “there will be absolutely no tolerance for this kind of behaviour”.

Speech Marks

Another great punctuation mark tip that all students should know is that it is always best if you close quotation marks with a punctuation at the end. Case in point; “Hey, don’t go!” This rule is applicable irrespective of all and any circumstances; if you are quoting somebody’s speech then it has to end on a punctuation mark. Of course, this last suggestion isn’t suitable for all kinds of essays; only for narrative essays where you have to essentially tell a story. But it’s good to know it just in case so that you are ready for all and any type of writing challenge.

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review 2017-02-27 20:50
Punctuation Celebration
Punctuation Celebration - Elsa Knight Bruno,Jenny Whitehead

This book is good for learning about how to use punctuation and how important it is. The book could be used in my classroom by learning about expressions in reading and how they help us be fluent readers. We could go over sentences and say them in different manners so choose which punctuation is correct. The book would be useful by reading and showing examples of how important punctuation really is. I think this book would fall in the K to 2nd grade area. The Lexile Level is 650L.

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review 2017-02-22 16:28
Punctuation Celebration
Punctuation Celebration - Elsa Knight Bruno,Jenny Whitehead

This book features many different types of punctuation, a description of each, and an example using the punctuation. I would use this book with mostly younger grades such as first and second grade. The Lexile level of this book is 650L. This would be a great book for introducing punctuation. After reading the book, a teacher could put the students into groups and assign each group a punctuation mark. Each group will present a poster board that states the name of the punctuation mark, job of the punctuation mark, and an example of it. They could reference the book for help. Each person in the group would have a different job to keep the group on task. The jobs could be artist, describer, task manager, referencer, and speaker. After each group has prepared, they could all present during "rug time". 

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review 2016-11-11 03:36
Penny and the Punctuation Bee
Penny and the Punctuation Bee - Moira Rose Donohue,Jenny Law

This is a very interactive text that has children differentiating between punctuation. Each punctuation has their own name and are participating in the spelling bee.  A fun activity for the kids to do would be for the kids to put on a play and be a type of punctuation. This would be a great to read to kids in kindergarten to third grade. 

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review 2016-09-06 21:35
Punctuation Takes a Vacation
Punctuation Takes a Vacation - Robin Pulver,Lynn Rowe Reed

I recently bought this book to go along with my minilesson for Dr. Raulston's class. I am so glad I bought this. It is a very cute book that helps teach punctuation. I would use this book in my 2nd grade classroom to help them understand the importance of using punctuation when they are writing. You could make the postcards that are in the book and have the students get into groups and try to figure out which punctuation is taking a vacation by the description given in the post card. You could also have your students come up with their own sentences using the punctuation listed in the book. The intended audience for this book is grades K-2. 

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