Did you know that Friday, September 24th is National Punctuation Day? How are you going to celebrate? You ARE going to celebrate, aren’t you? I love that punctuation has its own special day! I must admit that improper use of punctuation is a big pet peeve of mine. Is it my imagination or is careless use of these useful little marks becoming more rampant? And I’m not talking about just typos, but rather real errors that the writer doesn’t even know are errors. I can’t open the newspaper or drive down the street without seeing some glaring mistake.
A few years ago I began taking photos of errors I find. Here are just a few from my collection. Some are punctuation errors; others are spelling/usage errors.
Wow! All of these were published/displayed in very public places with large audiences. I show these to my students and tell them that I don’t want them to grow up and make these kinds of mistakes. So we talk about the importance of punctuation and spelling—it is a courtesy to the reader, and mistakes distract the reader from our real message.
Here are some great books that we can use to introduce our students to the importance of punctuation in a fun, entertaining way. These can be used on Punctuation Day or any day of the year.