To REALLY get your boys (shhh… and girls) crazy and conscientious about punctuation, create Punctuation Points. Keep these in a high profile place at the front of your classroom:
Full Stop = 2 points
Comma = 1 point
Inverted Commas = 3 points
Question Mark = 5 points
Exclamation Mark = 5 points
Colon = 3 points
Semi-Colon = 3 points
Ellipses = 5 points
Hyphen = 5 points
Brackets = 3 points
During Peer Assessement, get your pupils to not only find three things they like about their peer’s work but also one thing they could improve AND a total for how many punctuation points they have achieved. Yes, you may get some pupils trying too hard but embrace their efforts! You will find your pupils will be actively looking for how punctuation impacts their writing for THEIR audience!
Thanks to the POWER of Twitter Mark Warner has produced some fantastic resources to go with this idea which include posters, leader boards and points charts. Thank you Mark!
If you do decide to try this, please come back and let everyone know how you got on!
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