Rs/L1.2

Use punctuation to help their understanding (a) Understand the function of the omissive apostrophe to indicate a contracted word form in texts written in informal style (b) Understand the use of the possessive apostrophe to show ownership or close link (c) Secure knowledge of end-of-sentence punctuation and commas in helping to make sense of continuous text (d) Understand that certain texts such as text messages and emails may use non-standard or no punctuation

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’.

Commas information and exercises

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Thu, 2012-03-15 17:14

Literacy: Rs/L1.2, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.3a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

L1/2 factsheet and worksheet on bracketing and listing commas.
Useful for underpinning L1-2 Functional English writing skills.

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.

Comma quiz

Submitted by Dory Anderson on Wed, 2011-12-21 15:43

Literacy: Rs/L1.2, Rs/L2.2, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Quiz

Level: L1, L2

L1/L2 resource adapted from comma quizzes in The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. Nine slides of multiple choice questions. They are all in red, green, yellow or blue so that learners can throw beanbags into the corresponding hoops, or hold up corresponding cards etc. The choices are sometimes very tricky and this provokes a lot of discussion.

Capello Euro 2012 apostrophes

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sun, 2011-08-28 06:51

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

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

Context: Sport

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Another expertly adapted text with ten missing apostrophes. Includes apostrophes of omission and possession (some example are challenging).
Inspired by Rachel Emmett’s ‘Capello Gerrard World Cup apostrophes’ resources (see below).

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).

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).

Why do CAPITAL LETTERS so annoy us?

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2009-10-13 16:25

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rs/L1.2, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L1, L2

Why do CAPITAL LETTERS so annoy us? is a series of comprehension questions and dictionary/vocabulary exercises – based on a BBC news report. Although aimed at L2 the article itself is also useful for covering Rs/L1.2 (understand that certain texts such as text messages and emails may use non-standard or no punctuation).

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.

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