To encourage my pupils to use a wider range of punctuation, I give them coloured pencil crayons and tell them to highlight all the full stops they have used in their first drafts, (choosing one colour only at this stage).
They then have to repeat the activity choosing a new colour for every different punctuation mark, so that by the end of the activity they might have used yellow for full stops, red for commas and blue for semicolons.
Those who use a good range of punctuation have very colourful drafts, while those pupils who have only one or two colours are quick to realise how little punctuation they have used.
This gives pupils immediate feedback and a sense of fun about developing their writing
Anne Carman is an English teacher at Ripley St Thomas C of E High School in Lancaster