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Week 16 Speech Marks

Learning Intentions

To use speech marks in writing.


Look at the picture below.

Give the boys a name. 
Where are they?
What game are they playing?


Copy the picture into your literacy book and decide what the boys might be saying to each other. Write the words into the speech bubbles.

Punctuation is used in direct speech to separate spoken words, or dialogue, from the rest of a story. The words spoken by a character sit inside speech marks: “Did you hear that noise?” whispered Sam. Speech marks are sometimes known as inverted commas or quotation marks.

Copy these sentences into your literacy book and put the speech marks in the correct places.
Remember: The speech marks go around what is being said.

Copy all the other punctuation correctly.

1. Hello, said the man.
2. What are you doing? said Daire.
3. Stop! shouted the lifeguard.
4. Wait a minute, said Rócha. Don’t I know you from somewhere?
5. I know what we’ll do, said Eden. We’ll go to the Jet centre.

Put the speech marks in the correct places once again. This time, however, you will also need to add all the other punctuation that is needed as well. Watch out for any questions or exclamations.
1. Hello said Sammy
2. You look tired said Harry
3. Can I come in asked the man
4. No screamed the girl
5. Come here said Grandad I want to see how much you have grown

6. Is that my bag asked Leo I thought I’d lost it
7. Run shouted Giannina The dog is after us
8. I know what I want for my birthday said Alfie A brand new scooter