These activity sheets will teach your students how to identify and use punctuation correctly.

What is absolutely amazing is that these little swiggles make sense to every human that can speak the English language. How did they get everyone to agree that a question mark was in fact a question mark? It all started in third century BC when three consecutive dots were proposed to remedy run-on sentences. Using the correct punctuation adds clarity to your writing, making it easier to understand. The following collection of worksheets will help your students practice using the correct symbols as they are needed. Activities include completing sentences with the correct mark, adding commas in the correct place within given sentences, writing original sentences and using commas correctly according to the specific prompts, punctuating given sentences correctly, differentiating between colons and semicolons, rewriting given words using apostrophes, and more.

The worksheets located on this page basically cover just about every commonly used punctuation mark there is. If you are looking for materials on specific forms of punctuation, we also have work on using commas, quotations marks, and proper capitalization. These can be very helpful as you learn to proofread your own work and that of others. I always recommend that you read the words aloud when you are editing it brings it to life more and can help you spot mistakes quicker. If you can find one that we miss, please let us know and we'll put those together for you.

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Printable Punctuation Worksheets

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Sentence Enders

Every sentence ends with a punctuation mark. Use a period (.) at the end of a statement. Use a question mark (?) when you ask a question.

Commas and Quotation Marks

Read each sentence. Add commas where necessary.

Comma Quiz

Write a sentence in which a series of three adjectives modifies a noun.

Worksheet Exercise

Add punctuation to each sentence.

Using Commas with Appositives

An appositive is a phrase that provides clarifying information about a noun. A pair of commas separate the appositive from the rest of the sentence. The appositive can be removed, and the sentence still makes sense.

Colon vs. Semicolon

Read each sentence below. Does it use the correct punctuation? Write correct or incorrect on the line. Then, rewrite the incorrect sentences on the back of this page, using the correct punctuation.

Big Old Quiz

Add punctuation as needed to each sentence.

Comma Quiz

Put a check mark in front of the sentence that uses commas correctly.

What Marks The Spot?

Read each sentence below. If it is a question, put a question mark (?) on the line. If it is a statement, put a period (.) on the line.

Using Apostrophes

Apostrophes are used to show that letters have been left out of certain words. With an apostrophe, you can turn two words into one.

Using Parentheses

Brackets, also known as parentheses, provides information that is additional to the sentence.

Using the Ellipsis to Omit Text

An ellipsis is a series of three dots ( . . . ) which shows that some text has been left out. Use the ellipsis to shorten a long quotation. The text that is omitted doesn't change the meaning of the quotation, and the reader can still understand the quotation without it.


Dashes indicate a change in direction in a sentence. They are stronger than a comma, but not as strong as a period.

Exclamation Points

An exclamation point takes the place of a period at the end of a sentence. It signals strong feeling, excitement, or command.

Correcting Run-on Sentences By Punctuating

A run-on sentence is two or more complete sentences that are punctuated as one long sentence.