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NCTE: Collaborating About Punctuation

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will work in small groups to create a quiz and answer key about punctuation. They will use definitions decided upon by the class. Quiz questions will range from short answer to true/false and will include sample sentences.

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.

Review the assignment objectives with the students. Then review the following three forms of sample quiz questions: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and true/false with explanation. Note that answers are provided after each sample in parentheses.

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

    If time permits, have groups exchange quiz questions to check for accuracy and to study. They might choose to take the quiz using their notes, for example. Have each group's recorder submit the quiz questions using either the TI Connectivity cable or TI-Navigator™. You will use these questions in Activity 3 for assessing the students' comprehension concerning the "Elements of Punctuation" Activities.