In this 31-page Teach-Practice-Test resource, we do six things:
- Explain what quotation marks are (including alternative names like “inverted commas” and “quote marks”).
- Teach students how to use quotation marks, and where to place commas.
- Show students how yo use quotation marks for quotations and direct speech.
- Clarify the conventional use of single and double quotation marks in Australia, the UK and the United States.
- Explain how to punctuate quotations within quotations.
- Outline rules for placing commas, full stops, quotation marks, and for quoting longer passages and punctuating broken quotations.
Written by Australian speech-language pathologists with a special interest in helping school-age students to thrive, this resource recognises that some students need extra help with their grammar and punctuation, including:
- some students with developmental language and other learning disorders;
- some students who are learning English as a second language;
- some students who might feel a bit worried about tests; and
- some students from low socio-economic or high risk backgrounds who may simply not have had much exposure to printed texts and punctuation conventions.
For each subtopic, we explain the convention, model the correct use, and provide practice exercises for students.
The materials do not require any prior knowledge, and are therefore suitable for people with limited technical knowledge of grammar and punctuation conventions.
We’ve worked hard to make this resource as accessible and inexpensive as possible. It can be downloaded as a PDF or in Google Slides format. The slides can be used one-to-one, in small groups, and in whole class instruction. We’ve also made separate packs for each key skill, so you only need to download what’s needed to help the student or students in question.