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English / Year 9 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how punctuation is used along with layout and font variations in constructing texts for different audiences and purposes (ACELA1556)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with the use of colons and semicolons in expositions and other extended writing to improve precision and clarity of expression
  • investigating instances of colons and semicolons in expository texts and discuss their uses in elaborating on and clarifying ideas in complex sentences
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Punctuation,  Complex sentences

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Collins Big Cat - At the Dump Story Creator - iTunes app

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From possessive apostrophes to discombobulation!

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BBC Bitesize: use of punctuation - worksheet

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Jumbled Sentences 8 - iTunes app

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