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Help! Catchy Punctuation Starters needed!

Discussion in 'English' started by EmmaBB, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. EmmaBB

    EmmaBB New commenter

    Writing SOW on Crestive Writing for KS4 & I want some fun punctuation/spelling starters. I have two:
    A woman without her man is nothing.
    He helped his Uncle Jack off a horse.
    But I need more! Any ideas? Please? Help... Smutty is fine (see above!) and it is for KS4 relatively bright students who often say "I'll punctuate it later".. ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    There used to be a book with a title like 'Eats shoots and leaves' which had lots of examples.
     
  3. EmmaBB

    EmmaBB New commenter

    Thanks Lara, I have that but there aren't many examples. Not ones that will stick in the minds of my Year 10.
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Found these


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    a
    clever dog knows its master


    i
    saw a man eating lobster


    the
    butler stood in the doorway and called the guests names


    at
    summer camp I missed my dog my little brother the odor of my dads pipe and my
    boyfriend


    The result can be quite humorous when any
    one of those sentences is incorrectly punctuated. Surely the correct
    punctuation of them is…


    A
    clever dog knows its master. not A clever dog knows it's master.


    I
    saw a man eating lobster. not I saw a man-eating lobster.


    The
    butler stood in the doorway and called the guests' names. not The butler stood
    in the doorway and called the guests names.


    At
    summer camp I missed my dog, my little brother, the odor of my dad's pipe, and
    my boyfriend. not At summer camp I missed my dog, my little brother, the odor
    of my dad's pipe and my boyfriend.


    What’s
    the difference "A woman, without her man, is nothing." "A woman: without her, man is nothing."






    my dear pat, the dinner we shared the other
    night -- it was absolutely lovely not in my wildest dreams could i ever imagine
    anyone as perfect as you are could you -- if only for a moment -- think of our
    being together forever what a cruel joke to have you come into my life only to
    leave again it would be heaven denied the possibility of seeing you again makes
    me giddy with joy i face the time we are apart with great sadness john p.s.: i
    would like to tell you that i love you i can't stop thinking that you are one of the prettiest
    women on earth


    Challenge students to work on their own or in pairs to punctuate the text of
    the love letter so that it makes sense. Give students 10 or 15 minutes to complete
    the task (more if they are rewriting the text). Then correct the text as a
    class. Let students share their suggested corrections. The end result is that
    the love letter text probably looks like this:


    My Dear Pat,

    The dinner we shared the other night -- it was absolutely lovely! Not in my
    wildest dreams could I ever imagine anyone as perfect as you are. Could you --
    if only for a moment - think of our being together forever? What a cruel joke
    to have you come into my life only to leave again; it would be heaven denied.
    The possibility of seeing you again makes me giddy with joy. I face the time we
    are apart with great sadness.

    John

    P.S.: I would like to tell you that I love you. I can't stop thinking that you
    are one of the prettiest women on earth.



     
  5. Try this one:
    the boy said the teacher is a thief. (lets see who calls whom a thief!)
    "The boy", said the teacher, " is a thief."
    or you might get
    The boy said " The teacher is a thief !

     
  6. EmmaBB

    EmmaBB New commenter

    Great, thanks!
     

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