Resources that focus on the use of possessive and/or omissive apostrophes.

Apostrophe flow chart

Submitted by Richard Scott on Fri, 2013-12-06 18:32

Pre-entry: Literacy

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rs/L1.2a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

Level: L1, L2

This resource uses a flow chart to help guide learners to the correct use of apostrophes.

Editor’s note
Updated Aug 2016. now includes irregular plurals such as ‘children’.

Is 'working from home' a skive?

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2012-01-04 13:45

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rt/E2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rw/L2.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A set of exercises based around an article from the BBC News website during the adverse weather of 2010.
There are multiple choice comprehension questions, together with exercises on apostrophes, vocabulary and synonyms and anagrams. The learner is then asked to write his/her views.

Apostrophe quiz

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2011-12-21 16:48

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Quiz

Level: L1, L2

A Powerpoint suitable for an end of lesson assessment. Includes omissive and possessive apostrophes.

The Joy of Apostrophes!

Submitted by Sanchia Hylton-Smith on Sun, 2011-04-03 09:33

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1, L2

Clear explanations of the use of possessive and omissive apostrophes. Followed by photographs of examples of misuse (great for prompting further discussion).
Mapped to Functional English criteria and adult literacy curriculum elements.

Capello Gerrard World Cup apostrophes

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2010-06-08 21:13

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rs/L1.2a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Context: Sport

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L2

An expertly adapted text with ten missing apostrophes. Includes apostrophes of omission and possession (some example are challenging).

The dreaded apostrophe

Submitted by Leia Fee on Sun, 2010-05-02 21:13

Literacy: Apostrophes, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L2

A useful one page reminder about using apostrophes of omission and possession.

Apostrophes - 3 PPTs

Submitted by Alison Round on Sat, 2009-11-14 16:24

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Informative presentation, Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A lovely set of three PPTs.
1 – Apostrophes presentation which covers the use of apostrophes of omission and possession. Includes information, examples, questions and self-assessment (20 slides).
2 – Multiple choice questions on apostrophes of omission (ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard – 8 slides).
3 – Printable guide and worksheets for students (21 slides – print as a PPT handout – 6 slides per sheet).
Alison was inpsired to write these by Jennifer Baine’s Where should I go? PPT (below).

Apostrophe Protection Society

Submitted by Emma McKenna on Mon, 2009-08-10 16:25

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

ICT: General ICT resources

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment

A paired activity based on the well known web site provides an engaging way to introduce or revise this tricky topic.
Emma suggests that a useful extension activity is for learners to take pictures on their phones – where appropriate – of apostrophe ‘abuse’ they come across and bring them in to class for discussion.

Is it were or we're?

Submitted by Sheila Williams on Wed, 2009-05-27 16:25

Literacy: Apostrophes, Ww/E2.1, Rs/L1.2, Rw/E2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E2, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Written for students who confuse these two words in their writing. Suitable for E2 or dyslexia support at any level. Also useful for introducing the omissive apostrophe. Includes info, examples and tips followed by practice exercises and self evaluation.

Apostrophe cards and pegs

Submitted by Ruth Braker on Tue, 2008-08-26 15:53

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Level: L1, L2

A challenging kinaesthetic paired activity that is bound to promote discussion about possessive and omissive apostrophes (and the greengrocer’s apostrophe!).

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