Friday, November 11, 2011


Question: How can students “discover” how to punctuate?

Answer: Teacher removes all punctuation from a passage. Distributes the passage. Students listen as the teacher reads the passage aloud, inserting punctuation when it is needed because of pauses. They then compare their punctuation of the passage with the passage and its original punctuation. It’s not a question of right or wrong. The students discuss the punctuation they have inserted, compare it to the original and discuss the reasons for the original punctuation.

Comment: An interesting idea that could put some interest into the issue of punctuation. RayS.

Title: “A Strategy to Increase Punctuation Awareness.” LR Gauthier. Journal of Reading (February 1993), 401-402.

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