Use punctuation to help interpret the meaning and purpose of texts (a) Understand that certain punctuation is used for particular purposes in some text types, e.g. colon, semicolon, hyphen, dash, brackets - in lists, leaflets, brochures (b) Understand the range and function of the various punctuation used in written English, and the way 'rules' and attitudes change over time, e.g. the use of punctuation in emails and text messaging

Comma quiz

Submitted by Dory Anderson on Wed, 2011-12-21 16:43

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.

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rs/L2.2, Ww/L2.1, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website.
This may interest learners who are keen on computer technology.
There is a comprehension exercise, exercises involving the identification of punctuation and spelling errors, and a vocabulary exercise.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

Different types of text

Submitted by Matt Barnes on Mon, 2011-04-11 11:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rs/L2.1, Rs/L2.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

Wonderful high L1 – Level 2 resource which looks at the purposes and sources of a range of texts. Includes: useful handout with example of the four main types of text; discussion and examples of texts with more than one purpose; examples of badly written texts with mixed and confusing purposes; inferred and hidden meanings; writing practice (for four different purposes); re-ordering a long instructional text; and a set of final multiple choice questions to check skills.
Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Punctuation crossword

Submitted by Celia Rooks on Tue, 2010-06-08 22:12

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

Resource type: Crossword

Level: L2

Punctuation crosswordPunctuation crosswordA lovely way of consolidating Level 2 punctuation work. Could also be used as a group revision exercise if projected onto a smartboard.

Borrow a book wherever you are

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Sat, 2010-02-27 22:13

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rs/L2.2, Rw/L2.3

Context: Education

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. 12 multiple choice questions covering comprehension, vocabulary and punctuation.

pre-Roman Britain and Boudicca's revolt

Submitted by Gill Gallagher on Sat, 2007-10-13 17:18

Literacy: Rs/E3.3, Rs/L1.2, Rs/L2.2, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

5 page workpack covers punctuation and vocabulary. Written for history students that are also covering basic literacy but useful for any students with an interest in ancient Britain.

Colons and semi colons

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2007-10-13 17:18

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

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L2

Clear examples and practice for Level 2 students.

The best hairdo for your face

Submitted by Debbie Hulse on Tue, 2007-05-22 17:18

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

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

An unpunctuated text. Students must add capital letters, commas, full stops and apostrophes so that it makes sense.

Working with bullet points

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Fri, 2007-01-05 17:19

Literacy: Rs/E3.3, Rs/L1.2, Rs/L2.2

ICT: Functional ICT, Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: ICT task sheet

Working with bullets neatly combines literacy (punctuation) and ICT. Step by step task sheet asks the learner to set up a document (involves margins, headers, footers, formatting, etc) and then add bullets, shading and paragraph borders.

Punctuation cards

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Thu, 2006-08-31 17:11

Literacy: Rs/E2.4, Rs/E3.3, Rs/L1.1, Rs/L2.2, Ws/E1.2, Ws/E1.3, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4

Resource type: Game

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A fabulous multi-sensory punctuation game. 8 large cards to laminate plus teaching ideas. Great for mixed ability classes.

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