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Noticing Exclamation Points and Periods in a Published Text

I’ve been preparing for a p.d. session on conventions that I’m leading with one of my colleagues next Friday.  Hence, I’m trying to look at picture books with an eye for grammar and mechanics.  Over the weekend I picked up a new, adorable book called Artichoke Boy, written by Scott Mickelson, and looked at it with early elementary school eyes (something I rarely do since I’ve been hanging out in the upper elementary grades ever since, well, student teaching!).  I specifically focused on the way Mickelson used exclamation points and periods in the text as a way for primary teachers to begin a conversation with their students about ending punctuation in texts.

As you’ll see, this craft table is much shorter than previous ones I’ve created.  However, I think it packs a powerful, albeit small, punch with this new picture book that came out a couple of weeks ago.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. I think the exclamation point should be discouraged. I discourage it, and sometimes look down on it, in the writing of older “kids.” I guess I just think context and structure should add exclamation. Besides, a reader doesn’t get to the exclamation until the end of the sentence anyway, so they’ve already read it how they’re going to read it.


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