Education Technology

NCTE: Learning About Punctuation

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will write definitions and samples of each type of punctuation. They will locate definitions and samples of each type of punctuation from two different sources, and then decide on definitions and samples that best represent the punctuation

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Distribute the Elements of Punctuation.edc file to the students or provide copies of the paper-based alternative (Exploring Punctuation). Students begin the activity by recording their own initial definitions for the following punctuation terms and conclude by recording agreed-upon class definitions: commas, semicolons, colons, italics/underlining, quotation marks, ellipsis points, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, brackets

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck and NoteFolio™ file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Be able to succinctly define and use various types of punctuation.
  • Utilize research skills and synthesis skills to determine definitions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of uses of various forms of punctuation.
  • Synthesize their collective knowledge of punctuation and apply it to their creation of quiz questions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of punctuation terms and uses.
  • After the Activity

    Answer any questions.