Through role play, demonstration and modelling, the importance of punctuation in both speech and writing is explored. The clip looks at the use of a wide range of punctuation marks, including exclamation marks, colons, semi-colons, question marks, dashes and commas. Through modelling, the use of punctuation as signposts is explored, so that readers can be helped to navigate their way through, and make meaning from, a text. The impact of a lack of punctuation in speech is also discussed.

This clip is from:
Curriculum Bites, English
First broadcast:
4 October 2007

This clip can be used as a recap for students who need reminding of the importance of punctuation, and also of the range of punctuation that is available. Students could be asked to think up their own examples to support this clip.