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These grammar worksheets cover elementary school punctuation skills , including ending punctuation, punctuating dates, addresses and letters, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, contractions, and colons.
Kindergarten punctuation worksheets
- Ending punctuation
Grade 1 punctuation worksheets
- Periods, question marks and exclamation marks
- Writing dates
- Using commas to separate items in a list
Grade 2 punctuation worksheets
- Punctuating letters
- Placing commas after Yes, No and Sure
- Punctuate sentences with commas
- Apostrophes and contractions
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- Apostrophes and possession
- Confusing apostrophes ( they're / there / there; it's / its; you're / your)
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Grade 3 punctuation worksheets
- Punctuating addresses
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Grade 4 punctuation worksheets
- Quotation marks
- Punctuating speech & dialogue
- Direct and indirect quotations
- It's of its?
- Commas to separate items in series
- Comma practice
Grade 5 punctuation worksheets
- Separating items in a series with commas
- Separating items in a series with semi-colons
- Introductory words and phrases
- Direct address
- Question tags
- Capitalizing and formatting titles
- Punctuation practice
Sample Punctuation Worksheet
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- Commas Worksheet
Explanation, examples, and practice using commas. Worksheet outlines the 8 comma rules. Practice involves inserting commas in sentences where needed.
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A printable commas quiz. Students can test what they have learned here.
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- Quotation Marks Worksheet
Explanations and examples of the six quotation marks rules. Practice involves inserting quotation marks in sentences where needed.
- Quotation Marks Quiz
A printable quotation marks Quiz. Students can test what they have learned here.
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Explanation and examples of how to use apostrophes in contractions and to show possession of a noun. Practice involves rewriting/forming new sentences.
- Apostrophes Quiz
A Printable Apostrophes Quiz. Students can test what they have learned here.
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- Exclamation Points Worksheet
Explanations and examples of how/when to use exclamation points. Practice involves multiple choice and creating your own sentences.
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Answers to the Exclamation Points Worksheet.
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Explanations and examples of how/when to use periods. Practice involves multiple choice and creating your own sentences.
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Answers to the Periods Worksheet.
- Question Marks Worksheet
- Question Marks Worksheet Answers
Answers to the Question Marks Worksheet.
- End Punctuation Quiz
A printable end punctuation quiz. Students can test what they have learned here.
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Answers to the End Punctuation Quiz.
- Colons Worksheet
Explanation of the seven colon usages. Fill in the missing colons in sentences.
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Answers to the Colons Worksheet.
- Semicolons Worksheet
Explanations and examples of the three primary semicolons usages. Practice involves inserting quotation marks in sentences where needed.
- Semicolons Quiz
A printable semicolons quiz. Students can test what they have learned here.
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Punctuation is the traffic light for reading; it tells the reader when to pause, when to stop, and how to proceed. Below is a variety of free worksheets on punctuation, including commas, periods, and exclamation points. By clicking on the title, you can see the particulars of the worksheet and download the PDF for printing. Need a punctuation refresher? Here's a helpful article on punctuation . After viewing our punctuation activities please check out all of our grammar worksheets .
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What is absolutely amazing is that these little swiggles make sense to every human that can speak the English language. How did they get everyone to agree that a question mark was in fact a question mark? It all started in third century BC when three consecutive dots were proposed to remedy run-on sentences. Using the correct punctuation adds clarity to your writing, making it easier to understand. The following collection of worksheets will help your students practice using the correct symbols as they are needed. Activities include completing sentences with the correct mark, adding commas in the correct place within given sentences, writing original sentences and using commas correctly according to the specific prompts, punctuating given sentences correctly, differentiating between colons and semicolons, rewriting given words using apostrophes, and more.
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Every sentence ends with a punctuation mark. Use a period (.) at the end of a statement. Use a question mark (?) when you ask a question.
Commas and Quotation Marks
Read each sentence. Add commas where necessary.
Write a sentence in which a series of three adjectives modifies a noun. See if you can choose the correct form of punctuation needed at each stage.
Add punctuation to each sentence as needed. Make sure to carefully examine each sentence.
Using Commas with Appositives
An appositive is a phrase that provides clarifying information about a noun. A pair of commas separate the appositive from the rest of the sentence. The appositive can be removed, and the sentence still makes sense.
Colon vs. Semicolon
Read each sentence below. Does it use the correct punctuation? Write correct or incorrect on the line. Then, rewrite the incorrect sentences on the back of this page, using the correct punctuation.
Big Old Quiz
This will help you see where you are at with your punctuation skills, at the sentence level. If you do well here consider working at the paragraph level.
Put a check mark in front of the sentence that uses commas correctly. You may need to double check your work once you place them.
What Marks The Spot?
Read each sentence below. If it is a question, put a question mark (?) on the line. If it is a statement, put a period (.) on the line.
Apostrophes are used to show that letters have been left out of certain words. With an apostrophe, you can turn two words into one.
Brackets, also known as parentheses, provides information that is additional to the sentence.
Using the Ellipsis to Omit Text
An ellipsis is a series of three dots ( . . . ) which shows that some text has been left out. Use the ellipsis to shorten a long quotation. The text that is omitted doesn't change the meaning of the quotation, and the reader can still understand the quotation without it.
Dashes indicate a change in direction in a sentence. They are stronger than a comma, but not as strong as a period.
An exclamation point takes the place of a period at the end of a sentence. It signals strong feeling, excitement, or command.
Correcting Run-on Sentences By Punctuating
A run-on sentence is two or more complete sentences that are punctuated as one long sentence.
The worksheets located on this page basically cover just about every commonly used punctuation mark there is. If you are looking for materials on specific forms of punctuation, we also have work on using commas, quotations marks, and proper capitalization. These can be very helpful as you learn to proofread your own work and that of others. I always recommend that you read the words aloud when you are editing it brings it to life more and can help you spot mistakes quicker. If you can find one that we miss, please let us know and we'll put those together for you.
What are the Rules of Punctuation?
Punctuation marks are like traffic signals for writing. They tell the reader when to pause, when to speed up, and when to stop. In other words, they help control the flow of reading.
Without punctuation marks, writing would be chaotic and hard to follow. With them, however, writing can be smooth and coherent. That’s why punctuation is important!
Here are some of the common rules of punctuation:
1. Commas ","
1. Use a comma to separate items in a series.
E.g., I have three sisters, two brothers, and a cat.
2. Use a comma after an introductory word or phrase.
E.g., In the morning, I like to eat breakfast cereal.
3. Use a comma to separate clauses in a compound sentence.
E.g., She likes to read books, but she also likes to watch movies.
4. Use a comma to separate independent clauses if coordinating conjunction does not join them.
E.g., I am doing laundry tonight, and I need laundry detergent.
5. Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, for, nor) to join two independent clauses.
E.g., I have a headache, so I will take some aspirin.
6. Use a comma after a closing quotation mark when the quoted material is a complete sentence.
E.g., "I am feeling stressed out," she said.
7. Use a comma to set off a nonessential clause or phrase.
E.g., The book, which I just read, was really good.
8. Use commas to set off interrupting words and phrases, such as however, still, nevertheless, yes, indeed, certainly, well, actually, of course.
E.g., She likes to exercise regularly. However, she finds it hard to get motivated sometimes.
9. Use commas to set off appositives.
E.g., My friend Paul, who is a musician, is coming over later today.
2.Period /Full Stops "."
A full stop (.) is a punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence. It is also called a period.
The rules for using a full stop are:
1. Use it after a sentence fragment. A sentence fragment is a group of words that are not complete sentences.
For example, I wanted to go.
2. Use it after the salutation in a letter. A salutation is the opening line in a letter, such as "Dear Mrs. Smith."
3. Use it when writing abbreviated dates such as Jan., Feb., etc.
For example, on Nov. 3, 2017.
4. Use it after titles and honorifics before someone’s name, unless the title ends with Mr or Ms.
For example, Dr. Smith or Professor Jones, but Mr. Smith or Ms. Jones.
5. Use it at the end of a declarative sentence and imperative sentence. A declarative sentence is a statement or a command, whereas An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request.
For example, The meeting is at 2 p.m.
6. Use it at the end of a sentence if there are quotation marks around the sentence.
For example: "We had such a good time," she said happily.
3. Question Marks "?"
1. Use a question mark at the end of a sentence that is asking a question.
E.g., Are you feeling better today?
2. Use a question mark in place of a period when indicating an interrogative sentence.
E.g., Do you like dogs or cats?
3. Do not use a question mark after an indirect question.
E.g., I wonder if he is ever going to call me?
4. Semicolon ";"
The rules of semicolons with examples are as follows:
1. Use a semicolon to connect two independent clauses related to each other.
For example, I love spending time with my family; they are the best people in the world.
2. Use a semicolon to separate two main clauses joined by conjunctive adverbs like however or in addition.
For example: She tried her best to finish the project on time; however, she failed.
3. Do not use a semicolon before the word because it is followed by an independent clause as this is already a complete sentence.
For example: Do not write: She didn’t study for the test; because she was too busy.
Punctuation is an essential part of writing, and it helps to clarify the meaning of a sentence. There are specific rules for using different types of punctuation marks, such as commas, semicolons, and full stops. It is essential to understand how to use these marks to produce clear, concise sentences that are easy to read.
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