These bright, appealing grammar worksheets are a great help for practising and revising the use of ellipses in Y6. There are three worksheets in total, covering the following five sections – ‘understand’, ‘challenge’, ‘test’, ‘explain’ and ‘apply’.
Students read a selection of sentences and indicate the purpose for which an ellipsis is being used.
Students write sentences in which ellipses are used to generate tension and uncertainty, in response to two image prompts.
Students distinguish between sentences that use ellipses correctly and incorrectly.
‘Using your own words, explain the different ways in which ellipses can be used. Give examples.’
Students are tasked with composing a short, tense passage of writing in which two ellipses are used for different purposes.
What is an ellipsis?
An ellipsis is a punctuation mark (’...’) that has four main uses:
- To create tension by adding a pause before the end of a sentence.
- To indicate that a sentence or thought is trailing off.
- To show that a character is uncertain or is hesitant in their speech.
- To indicate that words are missing from a sentence.
- ’...and that was when the monster appeared.’
- ‘Where was I? I’m not sure I can remember…’
- ‘Perhaps ... but then again ... maybe not…’
- The mayor said: “People should definitely visit our town ... there are plenty of fun things to do.”
National Curriculum English programme of study links
[Year 6 detail of content to be introduced (statutory requirement)] Linking ideas across paragraphs using a wider range of cohesive devices: repetition of a word or phrase, grammatical connections [for example, the use of adverbials such as ‘On the other hand’, ‘In contrast’, or ‘As a consequence’], and ellipsis