Speech marks or Inverted Commas are used when the writer wants to tell the reader what somebody said and how it was said. The use of speech marks can add 'reality' to the story, because the reader gets to know the characters better. This type of punctuation mark can also increase the excitement and emotion in the text.
Different uses of "Inverted Commas" or "Speech Marks"
When are the Y4 students going to use speech marks? There are different uses, as we read above, but Y4 are mostly going to use them in direct speech, or to say what somebody said!
In a story... the character invites his friends to the cinema.
Activity 1: Ask your child to point to examples of speech marks in their reading book or from the poster above . Encourage them to tell you what is the "purpose" of speech marks. You can ask: Where are the speech marks? What are they for? Which punctuation marks can you identify?
Rules for using Speech Marks. Watch the videos attentively.
Activity 2: Watch this video for more examples. Pause the video and try to answer the questions before 'they' do! Listen carefully to the explanations.
Activity 3 (optional) If you are up to the challenge... you can print the following punctuation activity sheets and practise at home! Please choose the level your child feels comfortable with.
Last but not least, during the Half-Term break... READ, READ, READ! This time there is a new challenge... practise reading a book you love in your HoLa (Home Language), so that you can read it to your class when we celebrate International Mother Language Day. The official date for this special day is the 21st of February, but we will celebrate it the week after the holidays.