Using exclamation marks in writing

Home learning focus

To be able to identify exclamation marks and use them in sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • a video introducing you to exclamation marks
  • three activities to do at home


An exclamation mark looks like this: !

They are used to show surprise, shock or fear when we write statements. For example: I cannot believe it!

Another way exclamation marks can be used is at the end of a command, for example: Stop!

We can also use an exclamation mark to write an exclamation sentence. These sentences must start with what or how and include a verb. For example: What an amazing pirate you are!

Watch the video below to find out more.

See how many exclamation marks you can spot in the video.


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

Activity 1: Exclamation quiz

Have a go at the quiz below and see how well you know exclamation marks.

Activity 2: Pirate exclamation marks

Imagine you are a pirate, a captain of a ship or a pirate's parrot.

Draw a picture of each character and include a speech bubble above each of them.

In each speech bubble write a sentence with what that character is saying. Make sure each sentence includes at least one exclamation mark.

For example:
Captain: Step away from my ship right now!
Pirate: What an amazing ship it is! I was just admiring it.
Pirate's parrot: We should be going. Hurry up!

Activity 3: Writing a conversation

Write a conversation between two of your characters from Activity 2.

Make sure you use correct punctuation, include exclamation marks in some of your sentences and use capital letters correctly.

You can organise your writing like this:
Pirate Pete: I am coming aboard!
Captain Jess: No you are not! We don't allow nasty pirates on this ship.
Pirate Pete: But am a friendly pirate. I mean no harm.
Captain Jess: Well hurry up then! Climb aboard the ship.

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about exclamation marks and had a go at using them in sentences.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you.

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