Punctuation Worksheets, Activities and Games

End of Sentence Punctuation

Ending Punctuation Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this punctuation worksheet, students learn and practice how to use full stops (periods), exclamation marks, and question marks. Students begin by completing definitions with words and punctuation marks from a box. Next, students complete each item with the correct punctuation mark at the end. After that, students punctuate a short dialogue with full stops, exclamation marks, and question marks. Students then categorize phrases, according to which punctuation is needed. In the last exercise, students complete sentences with the phrases and correct punctuation.
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Interactive Version - This ending punctuation interactive worksheet helps to teach students how to use full stops (periods), question marks and exclamation points.

 

Pausing Points

Pausing Points Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This punctuation of pauses worksheet helps students learn and practice how to indicate a pause or break in a sentence using periods, commas, semicolons, dashes and ellipses. Students start by choosing the name and symbol of the punctuation mark that matches each description. Next, students order sentences by different characteristics. After that, students add appropriate punctuation to a story. In the last exercise, students complete sentences with their own ideas. When the students have finished, review their sentences together as a class and provide feedback.
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Apostrophes and Quotation Marks

Apostrophes and Quotation Marks Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a free quotation marks and apostrophes worksheet for intermediate students. First, students match situations in which quotation marks and apostrophes are used with examples. After that, students match British and American quotation mark usage with examples. Next, students move on to rewrite phrases, adding apostrophes where needed. In the last exercise, students read a passage and rewrite sentences containing direct quotations, titles or terminology, adding quotation marks and apostrophes as necessary in the American or British style.
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Interactive Version - This free punctuation interactive worksheet helps students learn and practice how to use apostrophes and quotation marks.

 

Dashes and Hyphens

Dashes and Hyphens Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This punctuation worksheet helps students learn and practice how to use hyphens and dashes. To begin, students match usage rules for short hyphens (-), medium en dashes (–) and long em dashes (—) with examples. After that, students complete sentences with hyphens and dashes. For clarity, students write 'h' above hyphens, 'en' above en dashes, and 'em' above em dashes. Students put an 'x' if they think no hyphen or dash should be used. Next, students complete sentences that use em dashes with sentence fragments from a box. Finally, students rewrite sentences using em dashes to add additional information. When the students have finished, review their sentences together as a class and provide feedback..
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Academic Citations

Academic Citations Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this academic citations worksheet, students learn and practice how to cite sources in academic writing, including using square brackets to modify quotations, in-text citations and references lists. Students begin by matching original texts with quotations containing alterations indicated by square brackets. After that, students match uses of square brackets with examples from Exercise A. Next, the students write a references list in their institution's style. In the last exercise, students write sentences incorporating quotations from the given texts, showing any changes to the original text with square brackets. The students also include in-text citations referring to the references list in Exercise C, using the style preferred by their institution. When the students have finished, review their sentences together as a class and provide feedback.
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Interactive Version - Here is an academic citations interactive worksheet to help teach students how to cite sources in academic writing.

 

Honest Ellipsis

Ellipses Activity - Reading, Writing and Discussion Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

This ellipses worksheet activity helps to teach students how to use ellipses to remove unnecessary words from quotations in an intellectually honest way. To start, the students rewrite shortened quotes, replacing each ellipsis with the removed words given in the choices. In pairs, the students then discusses the shortened quotes from Exercise A, comparing them with the originals and deciding if they have been shortened honestly. Students write 'yes' under 'Honest?' if they think the meaning is the same, or 'no' if they think it has been changed. Finally, discuss the students' answers together with the class and examine the reasons why each shortened quote is or is not intellectually honest.
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Parentheses Race

Parentheses Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging punctuation activity, students play a game where they race to add parentheses (round brackets) to sentences. Divide the students into pairs. One student from each pair comes to your desk and picks up sentence card 1. The student then goes back to their partner with the card and the two students race to add parentheses to the sentence or sentences on the card. When the students have completed the card, they come back to your desk and show it to you. If they have correctly placed parentheses everywhere needed (paying attention to whether the punctuation is inside or outside the parentheses), give them the second card. If not, the students take the card back and try again. The first pair of students to complete all 15 sentences correctly wins.
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