Grammar for writing: using brackets and dashes

This lesson, we will be covering how to use brackets and dashes accurately - a very useful skill! We will be using them to explore how you can create a convincing narrative voice. You will need a pen and paper.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.It's or its?
The chicken has escaped from _____ coop.
My family has _____ moments of madness.
____ nearly bedtime.

1/5

Q2.There, their or they're?
I think I left my homework over _________.
I never read magazines when ___________ full of celebrity gossip.
My sisters have just made ___________ hundredth online video.

2/5

Q3.Practice or practise?
I am going to be late for football ______________.
Do you have time to ____________ our lines for the play?
I need to get home to ____________ my spellings.

3/5

Q4.Affect or effect?
Carbon dioxide emissions have a major _____________ on global warming.
When analysing language, you should think about the ___________ on the reader.
Have you ever thought about how your choices ___________ your future?

4/5

Q5.Imply or infer?
I used reassuring words to _________ that everything will be fine.
From his tone of voice, we can _________ that he was angry.

5/5

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.It's or its?
The chicken has escaped from _____ coop.
My family has _____ moments of madness.
____ nearly bedtime.

1/5

Q2.There, their or they're?
I think I left my homework over _________.
I never read magazines when ___________ full of celebrity gossip.
My sisters have just made ___________ hundredth online video.

2/5

Q3.Practice or practise?
I am going to be late for football ______________.
Do you have time to ____________ our lines for the play?
I need to get home to ____________ my spellings.

3/5

Q4.Affect or effect?
Carbon dioxide emissions have a major _____________ on global warming.
When analysing language, you should think about the ___________ on the reader.
Have you ever thought about how your choices ___________ your future?

4/5

Q5.Imply or infer?
I used reassuring words to _________ that everything will be fine.
From his tone of voice, we can _________ that he was angry.

5/5

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Brackets and Dashes: Quiz

Thank you for your focus today. Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.Which of the phrases below could be used to complete the sentence. Parenthesis is...
usually optional detail
marked by a pair of brackets, dashes or commas
a way of adding extra information to the sentence
marked by a semicolon

1/5

Q2.Match up the punctuation mark with its name and function.
semicolon (used to link related main clauses)
brackets (used to add non-essential information)
colon (used to introduce information to clarify, explain or emphasise)
hyphen (used to join compound words)
dash (used to emphasise additional information)

2/5

Q3.Which of the following rules for using brackets are true?
the extra information is essential
the extra information inside the brackets should be a main clause
a pair of brackets surround the extra information.
full stops should never go inside the bracket

3/5

Q4.Which sentence uses brackets correctly?

4/5

Q5.Which sentence uses dashes correctly?

5/5

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Quiz:

Brackets and Dashes: Quiz

Thank you for your focus today. Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.Which of the phrases below could be used to complete the sentence. Parenthesis is...
usually optional detail
marked by a pair of brackets, dashes or commas
a way of adding extra information to the sentence
marked by a semicolon

1/5

Q2.Match up the punctuation mark with its name and function.
semicolon (used to link related main clauses)
brackets (used to add non-essential information)
colon (used to introduce information to clarify, explain or emphasise)
hyphen (used to join compound words)
dash (used to emphasise additional information)

2/5

Q3.Which of the following rules for using brackets are true?
the extra information is essential
the extra information inside the brackets should be a main clause
a pair of brackets surround the extra information.
full stops should never go inside the bracket

3/5

Q4.Which sentence uses brackets correctly?

4/5

Q5.Which sentence uses dashes correctly?

5/5

Lesson summary: Grammar for writing: using brackets and dashes

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