Learning Materials

Punctuation is actually a subset of grammar, but in order to break the task of learning down into more do-able parts, we will treat it separately.

Victor Borge and Audible Punctuation

Punctuation Tutorials

We recommend you take yourself through a web-based tutorial if you are not sure about punctuation. Here are some choices (and you can also look at the tutorials under "Grammar ").


Children's Books on Punctuation

Here are some books you can use with kids to teach punctuation. These are fun books, not workbooks.
Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver and Lynn Rowe Reed
The Perfect Pop-Up Punctuation Book by Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels
Penny and the Punctuation Bee by Moira Rose Donohue and Jenny Law
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts! by Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons
Punctuation Celebration by Elsa Knight Bruno and Jenny Whitehead
Alfie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue and Joann Adinolfi
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons

Kinesthetic Method for Teaching Punctuation

Here is a kinesthetic way of teaching punctuation. It is kid-tested and it works!

Punctuation Poem

Punctuation Marks
The period is a busy man.
A small round traffic cop.
He blocks the helter-skelter words
And brings them to a stop.
The question mark's a tiny girl,
She's small but very wise;
She asks too many questions
For a person of her size.
Of all the punctuation folk,
I like the comma best.
For when I'm getting out of breath
He lets me take a rest.
Quotation marks are curious.
When friendly talk begins
You'll always find these little marks
Are busy listening in.
The exclamation mark's an elf,
Who is easily excited.
When children laugh or cry or scream
It's then he's most delighted.
Whenever you come to the end of a thought,
You sign it off with a polka dot.

Punctuation Comic

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Learning Activities

Develop a goal in relation to punctuation. Are you wanting to learn more about it or do you want to figure out how to teach it to kids? Based on your goal, use the materials here and on the web to help you to meet your goal. Be sure you document what you have learned on your portfolio page and add anything new that you find to this page.