Punctuation always seems easy on the face of it.
There are full stops which tell us when a sentence or idea is completed.
Commas are the hardest working punctuation mark of all. They tell us many things, like, if it’s time to take a breath or if a character is talking, or if some words are in a list, for example.
Punctuation can be defined as the practice of using certain conventional marks in writing to separate elements and make the meaning clear.
Popular punctuation marks –
. full stop
; semi colon
? question mark
“ ” inverted commas
( ) brackets
Where is the best place to get help?
There are the basic punctuation marks like full stops, commas and question marks. Then there are the tricky ones like semi colons, inverted commas and hyphens.
Children really need to grasp the full use of punctuation marks if they are going to use them effectively in their writing.
There is nothing worse for a teacher than to have to trawl through a student’s work that doesn’t make sense. It is time consuming and frustrating and will lead to a lower mark.
There are many great dictionaries available now. Some are in print, but many are now online.
If you search the use of a particular punctuation mark in Google you’ll find hundreds of sites explaining how they are best used.
When helping your grandchild, make sure the site is geared towards your part of the world as there can be subtle differences between US and UK punctuation usage.