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Punctuation and Writing Resources for Your Class

With the start of a new school year and Punctuation Day on the 24th, September is the perfect time to refresh and review punctuation and writing skills with students. This week we feature resources to reinforce punctuation, writing, and grammar for all ages.

Grades 6-12

Copy Edit This!

Become an editor for the New York Times! This 10-question quiz includes passages from articles with one grammatical error each. Click on the word you believe to be incorrect. See our full review for additional technology integration ideas.

Grades 2-8

Punctuation Campground

Use game-based learning to motivate your students to learn punctuation. Although basic, this site offers many opportunities for students to practice punctuation. You have the option to start over, try again, and even get a hint.

Grades 2-12


Differentiate for all levels of learners with Quill! This interactive grammar program offers over 150 Common Core, grade-level aligned, lessons. Create a class and track progress, assess, and assign what individuals have not mastered. See our full review.

Engage your Students with Writing

Don't miss these four fabulous writing resources. Start your own blog (or have students create their own). Do your students struggle to stay focused while writing? We have a new tool to try! 

Grades 5-12


Get ready to write! Choose a length of time to write from options on the screen, then start writing. Stop for more than 5 seconds, and your writing disappears! Create a writing challenge to encourage students who lack focus while writing.

Grades 4-12

Little Shop of Writers

Visit this YouTube channel for short videos about all aspects of writing. The videos cover special punctuation (ellipse, dash, colon, commas, semi-colon). Also, find tricky words (who, whose, whom, which, that), story elements, and more.

Grades 3-12


Personalize the writing and grammar experience for your students. Practice proper use of apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, commonly confused words, and more. See our full review for more details!

Grades 5-12

A Year of Picture Prompts

Are you looking for some new writing prompts for your students? The New York Times created this archive of 160 images published during the 2016-2017 school year as inspiration for writing. New images are added frequently.

Terrific Tools for Younger Students

Discover game-based learning tools to practice (and teach) punctuation. There is also an easy-to-use blog tool designed especially for younger students. 

Grades 2-5

Comma Confusion

Get gamified with punctuation! Help Dr. Igneous sort out confusing messages (missing commas) to save the villagers from an erupting volcano. Share this interactive on your whiteboard and then allow students to practice on their own. Share on your website.

Grades K-6


Create a blog to encourage collaboration among younger students. Setup is easy and allows you to upload student names and quickly start adding blog posts. Add images, videos, or a PDF file. See our full review for classroom ideas.

Grades 1-4

Alien Punctuation

Help Max and Molly "talk to the aliens" and correct their punctuation. There are three levels of difficulty. Topics vary by level and include: capitalization, periods, question marks, commas, quotation marks, and more.

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