adding some zing!
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you would know that I am an avid exclaimer.
By this I mean, you will find exclamation marks regularly peppered throughout my writing.
This is one of my favourite punctuation marks because it truly helps the writer to communicate to the reader that what comes before this '!' is to be read with expression, enthusiasm, energy and vim.
When teaching young children and introducing this mark into their expressive reading and writing repertoire it is not unusual to see this symbol popping up at the end of almost every sentence that they write, eg:
Today we ate breakfast!
I had some vegemite on toast!
My brother spilt his juice!
At this time, I love having kids read their writing back to me or reading along with them putting huge amounts of expression and excitement into my voice... they sometimes look at you like you've completely lost the plot but you know that they really love it!
A fun strategy to help early writers learn that correct use of the punctuation marks '?', '.', and '!' is to have three students wear a sandwiche board with one symbol on each...
You can do so much with this, but my favourite is the following.
You read a sentence out and have them decide if it is a question, statement or exclamation.
If they think that it's their symbol that belongs at the end of the sentence then they jump up.
I love reading out something like
"What were you thinking?!?"
and seeing two of them jump up at the same time and then look at each other as if to say 'Hang on a minute, that was my gig!'.
So, next time that you're reading through one of my posts and you see one of these ! [or perhaps a few clustered together], know that it was added deliberately because I wanted to share a bit of extra zing with you....I won't ask you to jump up....well, not unless you really want to!
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