Punctuation Worksheets

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. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. 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. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin 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, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a free quotation marks and apostrophes worksheet for intermediate students. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching 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.

 

Honest Ellipsis

Ellipses Activity - Reading, Writing and Discussion - 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. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by rewriting shortened quotes, replacing each ellipsis with the removed words given in the choices. After checking the answers, divide the students into pairs. Each pair of 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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