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.
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