Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Punctuation Fun

Panda eats shoots and leaves.
Panda eats, shoots and leaves.

The student, said the teacher, is crazy.
The student said the teacher is crazy.
Girl's like spaghetti.
Girls like spaghetti.

Those smelly things are my brother's.
Those smelly things are my brothers.
Twenty-odd ducks.
Twenty odd ducks.

Our ancient-history teacher went to Egypt.
Our ancient history teacher went to Egypt.

Serena loves the humour of Lynnne Truss' books and the hilarious results of placing that little comma, apostrophe, or hyphen in the wrong spot. This is no comprehensive grammar guide, but what a fun way to introduce the concept of punctuation and the important job of one little squiggle.  For our more "serious" school work, Serena hunts for errors and edits sentences in "Editor In Chief Beginning - Grammar Disasters and Punctuation Faux Pas" by The Critical Thinking Co.

Related Reading:
"Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale" by Jan Carr
"Punctuation Celebration" by Elsa Knight Bruno

1 comment:

  1. This must have been a fun way to learn.
    Nanny & Papa