English Language Arts, Grade 8


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Study Guide Punctuation English Language Arts, Grade 8

PUNCTUATION What are Punctuation Marks? Punctuation marks are symbols to help readers understand how to read sentences. Examples: Period-ending marks, abbreviations Question mark-ending marks Exclamation point-ending marks Comma-separating items or words, direct address, dates Semicolon-joining two parts of a compound sentence Colon-before a list of items, in times, after the salutation of a business letter Quotation marks-enclosing a direct quotation, songs, short stories, or poems Apostrophe-possessives, contractions Hyphen-word breaks, compound numbers Parentheses-additions to sentences Dash-breaks in thoughts Try This! 1] Where does the comma belong in this sentence? My football coach, Mr. Mabb has a son on our team. a] after Mr. b] after Mabb c] after son d] after our 2] The semicolon in this sentence is used correctly. The United States of America is divided into political units called states; in Canada, these units are known as provinces. a] true b] false 3] Which punctuation mark is used to enclose the titles of songs, poems, and book chapters? a] commas b] apostrophes c] quotation marks d] exclamation points © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.