Do your children have difficulty spelling contractions or using apostrophes for possession correctly? If so, you are not alone. Many, and not only young children, do.
To support your teaching of this punctuation mark that many find tricky, I have produced an interactive resource that explains, demonstrates and provides practice in its correct use.
I have called the resource Apostrophes Please! to encourage young writers to get their writing right.
About Apostrophes Please!
Apostrophes Please! is an interactive resource, ready for use on the interactive whiteboard. It consists of enough material for a series of lessons teaching the correct use of apostrophes in both contractions and possessive nouns.
Like other readilearn resources, Apostrophes Please! recognises the value of teacher input and the importance of teacher-student discussion. It is not designed for children to use independently. While the activities have interactive features, there are no bells, whistles and gimmicks. It relies simply on effective teaching.
The resource provides flexibility for the teacher to choose activities which are relevant to student needs and teaching focus. All lessons and activities encourage explanation, stimulate discussion and provide opportunities for children to practise, explain and demonstrate what they have learned. There are nineteen interactive slides and over thirty slides in all.
Organisation of Apostrophes Please!
Contractions and possessive nouns are introduced separately.
Both sections include three subsections, each consisting of a number of slides:
- Learn — explanatory teaching slides introduce how apostrophes are used
- Practice — interactive activities provide opportunities for teachers and students to discuss, demonstrate and explain how apostrophes are used
- Check — a review of the use of apostrophes provides additional opportunities for practice, discussion and explanation to consolidate learning.
A third section, Mixed, can be used when both contractions and possessive nouns have been taught. It provides a review of both uses and opportunities for further practice.
Example slides and activities
Apostrophes Please! is available for individual purchase or free to subscribers.
Recently, as part of the Books on Tour PR & Marketing series, I interviewed Teena Raffa-Mulligan about her junior fiction book The Apostrophe Posse. If you missed it, you can read the interview here or download a printable copy of it here.
The story tells the adventures of a posse of children who decide to clean up all the incorrectly used apostrophes in the town. Of course, their good intentions and careful planning aren’t always trouble-free. Great for reading when teaching apostrophes and the importance of spelling and punctuation to clear communication, it also provides opportunities for discussion about community, cooperation and consequences.
Perfect for reading aloud to the whole class or independent reading for your more advanced readers, it is sure to get your children excited about punctuation. You could even encourage them to form their own apostrophe posse and find incorrectly used or missing apostrophes in the school and neighbourhood.
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