What’s an apostrophe for? – #readilearn

It’s not uncommon to see apostrophes used incorrectly, even in professional writing. But apostrophes don’t have to be difficult. They really have just two uses — for contractions and to show possession. Apostrophes aren’t confusing or tricky when the rules are understood.

To support your teaching of this punctuation mark and to encourage writers to get their writing right, I have produced an interactive resource that explains, demonstrates and provides practice in its correct use. It is called Apostrophes Please!

About Apostrophes Please!

Apostrophes Please! is an interactive resource, ready for use on the interactive whiteboard. It consists of enough material for a series of lessons teaching the correct use of apostrophes in both contractions and possessive nouns.

Like other readilearn resources, Apostrophes Please! recognises the value of teacher input and the importance of teacher-student discussion. It is not designed for children to use independently. It relies simply on effective teaching.

The resource provides flexibility for the teacher to choose activities which are relevant to student needs and teaching focus. All lessons and activities encourage explanation, stimulate discussion and provide opportunities for children to practise, explain and demonstrate what they have learned. There are nineteen interactive slides and over thirty slides in all.

Organisation of Apostrophes Please!

Contractions and possessive nouns are introduced separately.

Apostrophes Please! Contractions menu
Apostrophes Please Possession menu

Both sections include three subsections, each consisting of a number of slides:

  • Learn — explanatory teaching slides introduce how apostrophes are used
  • Practice — interactive activities provide opportunities for teachers and students to discuss, demonstrate and explain how apostrophes are used
  • Check — a review of the use of apostrophes provides additional opportunities for practice, discussion and explanation to consolidate learning.

Continue reading: What’s an apostrophe for? – readilearn

13 thoughts on “What’s an apostrophe for? – #readilearn

  1. Patricia Tilton

    Interesting post. I don’t like using an apostrophe after a person’s name that ends in an “s”. Like Reynolds’s book. doesn’t look right, but I follow the rules. And sometimes I make mistakes because I’m typing quickly. Good info for teachers.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I agree with you about the singular apostrophe for possession after a name ending with ‘s’, especially when we don’t pronounce it, like we may not in Reynolds’s, but we do in James’s. Funny old language we’ve got, and yes, I know about those ‘too quick’ errors.


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  3. petespringerauthor

    Like most things in English, there are tricky exceptions that don’t follow the standard rules, but I think apostrophes are one of the easier things to learn. Plurals can trip us up, and then we have words like it’s and its that people frequently mix up. Lots of people understandably put an apostrophe in the possessive its, but in this case, the contraction for it is needs an apostrophe but not the possessive. Younger children like to put an apostrophe for anything ending in s.

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  4. singlikewildflowers

    Love this helpful resource to teach an important grammar rule! My kids have trouble with apostrophes, and ahem, I do too. hehehe I’m going to save this and get it when we start up with lessons.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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