Language Arts, Writing, Punctuation
Grade 1- 3
Students will learn to use quotation marks around a direct quote and use a comma to set off a quotation.
Tell students that quotation marks are used to show the words a person is saying. Give them this example:
Mary said, "I love the color blue."
The words inside the quotation marks show the exact words Mary said. Notice that a comma is used to separate what Mary said from the rest of the sentence.
Write the following sentences on the board and have students work as a class to place a comma and quotation marks in each sentence.
- The doctor said You are in good health.
- Marty said My lizard escaped from the cage.
- He said You look nice today.
- Mrs. Thomas said Line up at the door.
- Dad said Come in for dinner.
Tell students that the word said is not the only word used to show that a person is speaking. Other words that can show a person is speaking are asked, screamed, questioned, wondered, yelled, and whispered.
Write the following sentences on the board and have students place a comma and quotation marks in each sentence.
- Michael asked Can I have a glass of milk?
- Watch out! screamed Judy.
- Jason wondered Should I go with them?
- My sister whispered Is the movie almost over?
- Mom yelled Go, Wildcats, go!
Distribute the activity sheet to students and have them practice what they have learned.
- What Did You Say? Activity Sheets