Year 10 have been working on ways to improve our written English. There has been a strong focus in recent lessons on the importance of punctuation. The students have been learning how adding speech marks, questions marks or exclamation marks can make our stories come alive.
Some simple sentences were written on the class whiteboard. We asked for volunteers to add in where the speech marks should start and end. Each student then completed a worksheet containing plenty of text, but little punctuation. Our task was to add in the speech marks and make it clear for the reader where the dialogue starts and ends in a story.
We have been following the basic rule that the first speech mark appears just before the first word that is spoken; the second speech marks comes straight after the last spoken word. Extra punctuation such as a question mark is also added to help tell the story.