The Exclamation Mark

The Exclamation Mark

Background Information
Sentences that contain drama or strong emotion are called exclamatory sentences (exclamations). Examples of exclamatory sentences: I can’t believe I finished the whole race! What surprise! The exclamation mark (!) is used at the end of exclamatory sentences.

Exclamatory sentences can be very short, and sometimes contain only one or two words. Some examples are: Fire! Oh no! Wow! These short exclamatory statements are also called interjections and are usually used to express a strong feeling or emotion.

A Fun game for distinguishing between periods, question marks, and exclamation marks

Create three sandwich boards by attaching two pieces of poster board with yarn at the top corners, Using a felt marker, draw a large period on ihefront of one sandwich boat, a question mark on another, and an exclamation mark on a third. Have three students each wear a sandwich board (Wear it like a T-shirt. The yarn “straps” are for the shoulders.)

Have prepared sentences written on on a long sheet of paper. Cover the end punctuation mark with a piece of paper and tape. Display the first sentence with a student wearing the period standing at the end of the sentence. Invite the student to read the sentence aloud, as a statement.

Next, have the student wearing the question mark trade places with the student wearing the period. Invite the class to read the sentence aloud, as a question.

Then, have the student wearing the exclamation mark trade places with the student earring the question mark.

Invite the class to read the sentence aloud as an exclamation. Which punctuation mark is correct for the sentence? How can you tell? Uncover the mark and reread the sentence.

Encourage the students to take turns being the different punctuation marks

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