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Loonytoonie Thu 04-Oct-12 21:37:49

Does anyone know of any short, effective quotes on Punctuation? Ideally, for secondary aged children? I want to put up a little wall display, dedicated to punctuation (it's particularly bad with the kids I teach).

The only catchy quote I can find is the Panda one - eats shoots and leaves. Not sure if I want to use that one though...

IHeartKingThistle Thu 04-Oct-12 21:39:52

I take it PUT SOME FUCKING FULL STOPS IN wouldn't go down well? wink

TwllBach Thu 04-Oct-12 21:42:39

My year 4's liked

"Let's eat Grandma!"
"Let's eat, Grandma!"

Punctuation saves lives.

they still don't use bastard punctuation though

I'm glad your Year 4's liked it. My Year 11's didn't understand it hmm

Cue most frustrating lesson ever!

There's a poem I think... hang on!

Loonytoonie Thu 04-Oct-12 21:45:47

IHeart grin tempting....

Twllbach - arbennig! Diolch. I like that one.

No, can't find it. Sorry. The closest I can get is this: Roger McGough - 'Apostrophe'

AViewfromtheFridge Thu 04-Oct-12 22:35:03

I was going to suggest the Grandma one!

Could you do a variation on:

"Grammar: the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit"??

(Actually, I think that only works with shit. Sorry.)

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 04-Oct-12 22:44:23

Eats shoots and leaves. (Panda)
Eats, shoots and leaves (gangster)

IHeartKingThistle Thu 04-Oct-12 22:52:02

OK, real ones.

The children, who got ice cream, were happy.
The children who got ice cream were happy.
(Who got the ice cream?)

A woman without her man is useless.
A woman: without her, man is useless.
(Girls like that one!)

I will also admit to forcing children to write this in their books in extremely large letters:
A WORD DOES NOT NEED AN APOSTROPHE JUST BECAUSE IT ENDS IN -S!!!
Neither elegant or catchy. Not even sure if it worked. But it made me feel better grin.

MrsShrek3 Thu 04-Oct-12 22:56:21

I was wandering in to add the Grandma one (punctuation saves lives) my primary SEN class think it's hilarious. but great minds and all that wink
We also used "woman without her man would be lost" wink

MrsShrek3 Thu 04-Oct-12 22:57:48

View from the fridge: I'm typing yours in big letters for the staff room tomorrow morning though grin

MrsShrek3 Thu 04-Oct-12 23:00:36

Sorry for multiple posting blush
Was it in "A Fish Called Wanda" (?) that we heard
Don't do anything stupid. Put the comma where you like

BonzoDooDah Thu 04-Oct-12 23:07:20

his hers its
he's she's it's

(how I remember it anyway)

Loonytoonie Fri 05-Oct-12 04:22:05

Fantastic! Keep them coming.

I particularly like the shit one grin

EcoLady Sat 06-Oct-12 20:53:21

Grammarly has lots of suitably daft pictures and examples.

Loonytoonie Sat 06-Oct-12 20:54:45

EcoLady - that's a huge help. Thank you! X

Feenie Sat 06-Oct-12 21:09:33

These are great, will be using them - thanks all!

I nicked this off www.primaryresources.co.uk - Y5 really like it. Works well on a Smartboard with the blind pulled down to reveal one line at a time:

Derek woke up, went downstairs and ate his cat.

Derek woke up, went downstairs and ate. His cat was playing in his cereal bowl.

His cat was playing. In his cereal bowl Derek had his favourite nan.

In his cereal bowl Derek had his favourite. Nan had bought it him. On the radio Derek could hear his favourite pop Singer - his mum.

On the radio Derek could hear his favourite pop singer. His mum was hoovering up his dad.

His mum was hoovering up. His dad was smoking the front door.

His dad was smoking. The front door bell went outside.

The front door bell went. Outside Derek could hear talking. It was his sister's coat.

It was his sisters. "Coat please Mum," said Tina. Mum said, "Put the cups away out in the garden."

Mum said, "Put the cups away." Out in the garden it was raining people.

Out in the garden it was raining. People stood out in the street waiting for the arrival of the bus stop.

People stood out in the street waiting for the arrival of the bus. "Stop dawdling Derek," said Mum, "or you'll be late yesterday."

"Stop dawdling Derek," said Mum, "or you'll be late." Yesterday Derek had been off school with a cold dad.

Yesterday Derek had been off school. Dad said his teacher cried.

Dad said his teacher cried out to him at the school gate that Derek had missed a lesson on reading

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