Grammar & Punctuation Exercises

Grammar & Punctuation Exercises

A set of exercises on a specific grammar point or punctuation set. Each comes with answers. These are designed to work with corresponding presentations (see the resource, 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'), but could also work as stand alone tasks. Grammar: Verbs; Adjectives & Determiners; Adverbs; Connectives; Nouns; Prepositions & Articles; Subject - Object (inc. passive and active voice). Punctuation: Full Stops, Question Marks, Exclamation Marks, Ellipsis; Commas; Apostrophes; Semi-Colons, Colons, Brackets, Hyphens, Dashes
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Formal Letters of Complaint

Formal Letters of Complaint

Six letters of complaint. These could be used to teach formal language, paragraphing, using cohesive devices (e.g. connectives) etc. Letters about... 1 Delayed Train 2 Litter on street 3 Problems at a pizzeria 4 Problems at a fast food restaurant 5 A disappointing day at a theme park 6 Poor service at a toy shop
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Maths Revision Game

Maths Revision Game

A simple but effective game which revises different topics in maths. Pupils play in teams. They choose an area (eg ratio) from the game board. The PowerPoint will throw up a question about the chosen area and reveal the answer when clicked. This activity can easily last a whole one hour lesson. Pupils enjoy the competitive element. It can be used as a 'fun' way to revise maths in preparation for the KS2 SATs. Categories in the game: calculation, reading scales, algebra, perimeter, area,, angle, fractions, decimals, percentages, data handling (pie charts, line graphs), measure, co-ordinates etc.
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Grammar and Punctuation  Revision Game

Grammar and Punctuation Revision Game

A simple but effective game which revises different parts of grammar and punctuation. Pupils play in teams. They choose an area (eg verbs) from the game board. The PowerPoint will throw up a question about the chosen area and reveal the answer when clicked. This activity can easily last a whole one hour lesson. Pupils enjoy the competitive element. It can be used as a 'fun' way to revise grammar terminology in preparation for the KS2 SATs. Categories in the game: verbs, connectives, adverbs, subject and object, names for words (eg plural, antonym), prepositions and articles, adjectives and determiners, apostrophes, various punctuation.
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Poems with figurative language

Poems with figurative language

Three poems to use in shared or guided reading or as modelled texts to teach poetry writing. NIGHT: Subject: trapped inside during a heavy snow storm Language: similes; (extended) metaphors; personification; alliteration Organisation: 4 x 4 line verses; repetition of openings; a variety of patterns and contrasts Theme: mood; mystery; feelings of being trapped; contrast with inside and outside, light and dark ROLLERCOASTER Subject: the excitement of being on a rollercoaster Language: short lines to imitate movement of ride; similes; metaphors; repetition of sounds Organisation: chronological: walking to ride, waiting in queue, getting on, riding, getting off; 6 verses Theme: the thrill of a ride; on to the next thing ROMAN SOLDIER Subject: a Roman soldier marches to a British fort Language: historically related vocab. (cohort, century); metaphor; alliteration Organisation: 6 verses Theme: homesickness; historical fiction; being a foreigner in a new place
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Punctuation Explained: Semi colon, colon, hyphen, dash, brackets

Punctuation Explained: Semi colon, colon, hyphen, dash, brackets

A Power Point which explains the function of semi colons, colons, hyphens, dashes and brackets. A task sheet with questions about these marks. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Narrative Writing: Peril in Pompeii

Narrative Writing: Peril in Pompeii

A Roman slave witnesses the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Will he escape in time? A short narrative (2+ pages) which could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text to teach a variety of objectives (see Teaching Points below). Teaching Points GRAMMAR: past tenses; fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; 3rd person narration PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks STRUCTURE: chronological; paragraphing (opening, build-up, events, resolution); balance of action, dialogue and setting CONTENT & THEME: build up of suspense; historical fiction; character; figurative language (simile, metaphor, alliteration)
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Grammar Explained: Subject,  Object and Passive Voice

Grammar Explained: Subject, Object and Passive Voice

A Power Point which explains the role of subjects and objects in a sentence and the form of passive and active voice.. A task sheet with questions about recognising subjects and objects in a sentence. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Punctuation Explained: Full Stop, Question & Exclamation Marks, Ellipsis

Punctuation Explained: Full Stop, Question & Exclamation Marks, Ellipsis

A Power Point which explains the function of the full stop, question mark, exclamation mark and ellipsis. A task sheet with questions about those marks. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Texts with a sarcastic or unreliable narrator

Texts with a sarcastic or unreliable narrator

Letters written in a sarcastic tone or with an unreliable narrator. The reader must "read between the lines" to understand what is really being said. There is a short text and a corresponding set of comprehension questions. These texts might be useful if you were working on tone, narrator voice or character, the manipulation of the reader, or the use of humour, sarcasm or insincerity in writing.
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Narrative Writing: Rollercoaster Rescue

Narrative Writing: Rollercoaster Rescue

Pete and his sister are stranded on the top of a rollercoaster ride; their carriage hangs precariously at the top of the slope. Will they be rescued in time? A short narrative (4 pages) which could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text. The story uses flashbacks. See Teaching Points below. There is also an annotated text which highlights the following: Teaching Points: GRAMMAR: past tenses (including past perfect); fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; 3rd person narration PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks; ellipsis; dashes; semi-colons STRUCTURE: paragraphing, including short paragraphs and sentences for dramatic effect; use of flashback; balance of action, dialogue and setting CONTENT & THEME: disaster/rescue/bravery; character (brother-sister); resolution links with opening; rhetorical questions; figurative language (similes)
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Grammar Explained: Adjectives and Determiners

Grammar Explained: Adjectives and Determiners

A Power Point which explains the function of adjectives and determiners. A task sheet with questions about adjectives and determiners. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Grammar Explained: Prepositions and Articles

Grammar Explained: Prepositions and Articles

A Power Point which explains the function of prepositions and articles. A task sheet with questions about prepositions and articles. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Narrative Writing: Snow Storm

Narrative Writing: Snow Storm

The snow begins to fall as two children walk to school... A short narrative opening (2 pages) with an emphasis on setting. It could be used for guided or shared reading, as a modelled text or as a prompt for students to continue. Teaching Points GRAMMAR: past tenses; fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; 3rd person narration PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks; ellipsis STRUCTURE: paragraphing (opening, build-up, events, resolution); balance of action, dialogue and setting CONTENT & THEME: setting based opening; character; figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification)
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Short narrative texts based on famous paintings

Short narrative texts based on famous paintings

A short text with a particular narrative focus (character, dialogue, action, point of view, setting). Each text is inspired by a particular painting. The texts could be used as modelled writing before asking students to write on another painting. They could also be used in guided reading or to teach a particular writing or grammar objective (see Teaching Points below). Teaching Points: 01 Nighthawks: setting description; suspense, build-up; short sentences for dramatic effect; relative clauses; colons for dramatic impact; semi-colons; conjecture 02 Old Man: detailed character description (appearance, personality); figurative language (simile, metaphor); conjecture; direct question to reader; colons, semi-colons 03 Street Children: dialogue to convey character and forward narrative; ‘action’ clauses to describe what the speaker is doing; use of slang, informal language in speech; speech marks 04 The Lock: historical fiction; action in detail; character; short paragraphs and sentences for effect; use of delay to add suspense; fronted adverbials 05 Fortune Teller: the same story from two different points of view; unreliable narrators, bias; first person narrative; character; language adapted to historical period 06 Swimming: dialogue; character; withholding information from reader; fronted adverbials; setting description; story structure; past perfect; paragraphing
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Grammar Explained: Connectives

Grammar Explained: Connectives

A Power Point which explains the function of connectives. A task sheet with questions about connectives. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Narrative Writing: The Queue

Narrative Writing: The Queue

Neil joins the queue for a shop selling the latest computer game... A short (2 page) narrative which could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text to teach a variety of objectives (see Teaching Points below). Teaching Points: GRAMMAR: past tenses; fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; 3rd person narration PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks; brackets STRUCTURE: paragraphing, including short paragraphs and sentences for dramatic effect; balance of action, dialogue and setting CONTENT & THEME: build of excitement; character; resolution with surprise; question to the reader; figurative language (simile, metaphor)
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Narrative Writing: The Speaking Portrait

Narrative Writing: The Speaking Portrait

During a dull school trip to an art gallery, the narrator sees one of the portraits being to move... A short narrative (2 pages) which could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text. Teaching Points: GRAMMAR: past tenses; fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; first person narration; rhetorical questions PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks; ellipsis STRUCTURE: paragraphing (opening, build-up, events, resolution); balance of action, dialogue and setting CONTENT & THEME: stepping into another world; setting based opening; character (old lady in portrait); cliff-hanger ending; figurative language (similes)
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Narrative Writing: Pursuit

Narrative Writing: Pursuit

Two police officers chase bank robbers across London... A short narrative (4+ pages) which could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text to teach a variety of objectives (see Teaching Points below). It comes with a plan of the story using OBDER (opening, build-up, dilemma, events, resolution). Teaching Points: GRAMMAR: past tenses (including past perfect); fronted adverbials; adjectives and adverbs for descriptive detail; connectives (contrast and time); relative clauses; 3rd person narration; complex sentences PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; exclamation and question marks; speech marks; semi colons STRUCTURE: paragraphing; short paragraphs and sentences for dramatic effect; balance of action, dialogue and setting; use of flashback; resolution links back to opening CONTENT & THEME: action, chase; character (police heroes, villains); figurative language (similes); geographical detail
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Punctuation Explained: Apostrophes

Punctuation Explained: Apostrophes

A Power Point which explains the function of apostrophes. A task sheet with questions about apostrophes. An exercise for students to complete after the presentation. Answers are included. You can purchase the whole set of these Power Points (11 in total) about different grammar points or punctuation marks. It's a resource called 'Grammar & Punctuation Explanations'. There's also a whole set of task sheets like the one here with each exercise corresponding to the Power Point. It's called 'Grammar & Punctuation Exercises'.
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Narrative Writing: Christina's World

Narrative Writing: Christina's World

On a school visit to an art gallery, Rose finds herself entering a painting and talking to the girl in the picture... A short narrative based on the painting, Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. It could be used for guided or shared reading or as a modelled text to highlight or teach a variety of objectives (see teaching points below). Teaching Points: GRAMMAR: past tenses, including past perfect; fronted adverbials PUNCTUATION: commas around clauses; ellipsis; colon for dramatic impact STRUCTURE: paragraphing, including short paragraphs for dramatic effect; use of flashback; links between opening and resolution CONTENT & THEME: stepping inside another world (painting); balancing dialogue, character and setting
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