Friday, November 12, 2010

The Punctuation Station

The Punctuation Station
written by Brian P. Cleary; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
(Millbrook Press) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

 A giraffe family purchases seven tickets for Punctuation Station. During their journey, use of correct punctuation is very important. Commas help in ordering ice cream before boarding the train. Apostrophes are useful in figuring out who owns what in the luggage. Question marks work well in asking what is available in the train concession stand. Exclamation points signal the joy of arriving at your destination. Using proper punctuation really helps you get from here to there.

The Punctuation Station's lighthearted rhymes are an inventive approach to teaching the proper use of punctuation. Each piece of punctuation is introduced with a clear definition and examples from the giraffe's journey are used to illustrate how the punctuation is used. For example, here is the rhyme that tells about quotation marks:
These are called quotation marks.
You've seen them when you've read.
They go before and just behind
the words that someone's said.

These rhymes would work great as separate entities to use throughout the year to remind students about using proper punctuation. You could write them down on chart paper and post in the classroom. This book would also be a good way to launch creating your own punctuation booklet. Students could create illustrations and write sentences featuring different punctuation marks.

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