Punctuation Power: Punctuation and How to Use It

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Puncuation Power, the newest paperback Scholastic Guide, is a guide to all of the punctuation 8 to 14-year-olds (and most adults) need. It uses a clever format that is fun and informative.

Knowing how to puncuate sentences properly is a skill that can help any writer communicate more clearly. PUNCTUATION POWER presents kids with the information they need to become better punctuators. Terban's voice is both energetic and fun. Now available in paperback, this guide can be put in ...

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Overview

Puncuation Power, the newest paperback Scholastic Guide, is a guide to all of the punctuation 8 to 14-year-olds (and most adults) need. It uses a clever format that is fun and informative.

Knowing how to puncuate sentences properly is a skill that can help any writer communicate more clearly. PUNCTUATION POWER presents kids with the information they need to become better punctuators. Terban's voice is both energetic and fun. Now available in paperback, this guide can be put in school bags and brought to school, the library, or anywhere else a child would need it.

Explains the purpose and importance of punctuation and how it is used, covering apostrophes, colons, commas, exclamation points, hyphens, parentheses, slashes, and more.

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Wow—what a fantastic homework aid for self-motivated writers! It offers easy-to-find, brief explanations and tons of examples of just about everything they'll need in order to write perfect compositions, essays, or reports. The table of contents makes it very easy to find the appropriate explanations. Part of the "Scholastic Reference" series. 2000, Scholastic, Inc., $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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Once the skill of reading is mastered, it is time to move on to writing. Hopefully reading has introduced some basic grammar skills—sentence types, capital letters, periods, question marks, and exclamation points. The finer points such as the apostrophe, brackets, colons, dashes, ellipses, and so forth are discussed and clearly illustrated. The examples used range from famous quotations and speeches to absolutely silly sentences. This is a handy reference that will serve kids writing book reports and elementary to high school research papers. It also contains a useful glossary and two-page index as well as an extensive table of contents. Light enough to pop in a backpack or keep on the home reference shelf. 2000, Scholastic,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 4-9-In the first part of this book, Terban helps set readers straight on apostrophes, commas, hyphens, parentheses, and many other punctuation marks, all alphabetically arranged. Within each section, rules are printed in blue type, followed by an explanation in black, and examples using both colors. The cartoon illustrations are also in blue. The second section explains bibliographies, direct quotes, play scripts, and sentences, and the kinds of punctuation marks they take. Children will find this book helpful as they try to craft writing assignments. The examples and the pictures help keep the tone light. Terban's Checking Your Grammar (Scholastic, 1994) includes a section on punctuation, but it is not as complete. Neither is the section in Dave Kemper's Writers Express (Great Source, 1995). Consider purchasing both a reference and circulating copy of Punctuation Power.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590386746
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Scholastic Guides Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Why Is Punctuation Important? 5
How to Use This Book 7
Part 1 Punctuation and How to Use It 8
Apostrophes 16
Brackets 26
Capital Letters 29
Colons 37
Commas 41
Compound Words 54
Dashes 55
Ellipses 57
Exclamation Points 59
Hyphens 60
Indenting 66
Italics 68
Parentheses 69
Periods 71
Question Marks 73
Quotation Marks 75
Semicolons 77
Slashes 79
Underlines 80
Part 2 Kinds of Writing and the Punctuation Marks They Use 81
Bibliographies 82
Direct Quotations 85
Play Scripts 89
Sentences 91
Glossary 92
Index 95
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