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Year 4 Punctuating Direct Speech Worksheets – KS2 Grammar Burst Resource Pack

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This powerful KS2 grammar resources pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five lessons on punctuating direct speech correctly in Year 4, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

This primary resource pack includes:
Direct speech PowerPoint
Direct speech cards (with colour and ink saver versions)
Blank speech bubble cards (with colour and ink saver versions).
Challenge sheet - underline the direct speech within a sentence, add speech punctuation to the sentences, explore moving the position of the reporting clause and write dialogue between two characters.
Uplevelling sheets
Writing plan
Writing paper
Teacher’s notes

What is direct speech?
Direct speech in writing is where you are directly quoting someone’s words, and these are marked by inverted commas eg “I’ll meet you at the library tomorrow morning,” Sharon said.

Indirect (or reported) speech, on the other hand, is where you are given a rough approximation of what someone said, and doesn’t require quotation/speech marks, eg ‘Sharon told them she’d see them in the library tomorrow.’

What are inverted commas?
Inverted commas go before and after direct speech, surrounding what was said.

Direct speech examples
“I’m bored,” he complained.

“What’s that noise?” he asked.
“Your sister!” his dad replied.

The conductor shouted, “Sit down!”

National Curriculum English programme of study links
Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech

  • Direct speech PowerPoint
  • Direct speech cards (with colour and ink saver versions)
  • Blank speech bubble cards (with colour and ink saver versions).
  • Challenge sheet
  • Uplevelling sheets
  • Writing plan
  • Writing sheets
  • Teaching notes
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