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KS2 Grammar and Writing – 5 Short Lessons on Using Commas to Avoid Ambiguity

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Five 15-minute KS2 lessons and supporting resources for teaching students about the role commas play in preventing ambiguity.

  1. UNDERSTAND – Establish that without the correct punctuation the meaning of a sentence can change. To avoid ambiguity, commas can be used to group pieces of information together.
  2. USE – Challenge the children to create a piece of writing which includes a sentence that uses commas to avoid ambiguity.
  3. PLAN – Children practice using commas in sentences in ways that change their meaning, before using an illustrated writing plan sheet to develop ideas for a short story.
  4. WRITE (part 1) – Children use their completed writing plan to write their stories.
  5. WRITE (part 2) – Children use an ‘uplevelling sheet’ to try and make nine existing sentences and make them more interesting.

This download contains the following materials:

  • Commas challenge sheet
  • Writing plan sheet
  • Sentence cards
  • Practice sheet
  • Uplevelling sheet
  • 31-slide PowerPoint presentation
  • Teacher’s notes document

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to indicate grammatical and other features by using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.

  • PowerPoint
  • commas to avoid ambiguity worksheet
  • sentence cards
  • writing plan
  • uplevelling writing worksheet
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