Using bullet points

Learn how to use bullet points.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos

  • three activities

Learn

Watch this clip and get moving to stimulate your understanding of bullet points!

Learn about bullet points

To explore why we use bullet points and how to use them further, watch this video.

Using bullet points

Bullet Points

Bullet points can be used to:

  • break up complicated information
  • make it easier to read
  • turn it into a list

Remember, bullet points are an effective way of setting out your information more clearly for the reader.

Importantly, the text within different types of bullet point lists need to follow special punctuation rules.

Most bullet point lists start with an introductory sentence or ‘stem’.

Example:

‘Equipment need for our camping trip:’

If the text following the bullet point is a complete sentence, it should begin with a capital letter and can end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

Example

  • We will bring a tent to keep us dry.
  • I will bring a sleeping bag to keep me warm at night.
  • I will bring my walking boots so we can go for a hike.

If the text after the bullet point isn’t a full sentence it does not need a capital letter of full stop.

Example:

  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • walking boots

You don’t always have to use colons (:) or semi-colons (;) in your list of items; however, the most important thing is to be consistent. Sticking to one consistent style when using bullet points is important.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Check your understanding. Can you highlight the words that can be turned into a list of bullet points?

Activity 2

Use your imagination to write a 'dream schedule' for a day.

Use bullet points to make your ideas clear. You might need to write a separate bullet point list for the equipment you need too.

These headings may help you to write different sections of your 'dream schedule':

  • My dream morning.
  • My dream afternoon.
  • Ingredients for my dream meal.
  • Equipment needed for my dream day.
  • People I would include in my dream day.

Example

My dream morning:

  • I will wake up early and make my favourite breakfast.
  • Next, I will put on my most colourful clothes.
  • Finally, I will go for a ride on my bike in the sun!

Equipment for my dream day:

  • bike
  • friends
  • chocolate
  • fruit
  • great weather

Top tip!

  • Remember to write an introductory sentence or ‘stem’ to introduce your bullet points.

Activity 3

You can either print out this activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.

Give this interesting bullet points worksheet a try:

Bullet points worksheet

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about using bullet points.

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