Ws/L2.4

Punctuate sentences correctly and use punctuation accurately, e.g. commas, apostrophes, inverted commas
(a) Understand and use commas when they are needed to separate parts of complex sentences, to enclose extra information, or to mark off direct speech
(b) Understand and use an apostrophe to show a missing letter or letters, e.g. they're, we've, I'm
(c) Know the full verb equivalents and that the writer can choose short or full forms depending on the formality required
(d) Understand the difference between it's (‘it is') and its (‘belonging to it')
(e) Understand the use of apostrophes to show where a final -s indicates that something belongs to someone or something
(f) Understand the use of inverted commas for direct speech, and to indicate a quotation

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.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L1.2
Apostrophes

One handout with the main rules of using speech marks and one worksheet for learners to practise applying these rules.

I used these with a strong L1 literacy group who had little prior knowledge of the rules for speech marks. They generally did well with re-writing some unpunctuated sentences I gave them but got a bit confused with the attached exercise on Prince William and Kate Middleton (they used speech marks inside the speech bubbles). This may need to be demonstrated in front of the group first. However, it did produce some very funny writing.

Level
L2
L1
English
Ws/L2.4
Ws/L1.3
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A Level 1/2 PPT quiz on commas. Some slides are based on persuasive-type texts so can also be used for purpose of text extension work, others are based on recent news items.

The game is multiple choice and based on colours. I use coloured hoops (as in hoola hoops) and bean bags. It can be team based or individual. Each player throws a beanbag into the hoop that corresponds with their chosen answer.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
Ws/L1.3
Context
News, Politics & Government items

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

Level
L2
English
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L1.2
Apostrophes
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.4a
ESOL Rs/L1.2a
Context
Sport

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

Level
L2
English
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L2.2

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

Level
L2
English
Apostrophes
Ws/L2.4

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).

Level
L1
L2
English
Apostrophes
Rs/L1.2
Ws/L2.4

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.

Level
L1
L2
English
Apostrophes
Rs/L1.2
Ws/L2.4
ICT
General ICT resources

A series of comprehension, vocabulary, apostrophe and summarising questions.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L2.8
Rw/L2.2
Ws/L2.4
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Cubs – apostrophes is a series of sentences for possible correction and is based upon Janet Chapman’s Cub Scout newsletter – proofreading resource (see below).

Level
L1
L2
English
Rs/L1.2
Ws/L2.4
Context
Voluntary & Charity