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

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 punctuation. Activities include completing sentences with the correct punctuation 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.

Please Note: While answer sheets have been provided for each worksheet for instructors, in some cases, student answers may vary.

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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.

Punctuation 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.

Punctuation Quiz

Add punctuation as needed to each sentence.

Comma Quiz

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

Punctuation Marks

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

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 with Punctuation

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