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  Speech marks
Updated 17 July 2003, 15.21

Learning aims
  • Use speech marks to demarcate direct speech.

  • Rewrite a report as direct speech adding appropriate verbs.
Introduction
Read through the transcription of Press Packer Kavita's chat with the new Minister for Children, Margaret Hodge MP.

Explain that the class will be rewriting this report as a description of the actual conversation.

A useful mnemonic for the order of punctuation with direct speech is:

66 What they say (Punctuation) 99

Make a class list of verbs that can be used to describe people speaking. For example:

  • said
  • replied
  • asked
  • responded
  • explained
  • added
  • interrupted
The first part may be rewritten as:

"What exactly does your job involve?" enquired Kavita.

"My job's a brand new job in the government and I've got responsibility for children, young people and families," answered Margaret Hodge.

C-3PO, Anthony Daniels

Main activity
Give out copies of the transcription of our webchat with Anthony Daniels - C-3PO.

The class could:

  • Produce their own rewritten versions of the interview.

  • Annotate the original report with punctuation and speaking verbs.
Extension activity
Children could use a thesaurus to increase the class' word bank of verbs linked with speech.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points.

Children present their rewritten versions of the interview.


For all links and resources click at top right.


More InfoBORDER=0
TeachersEngland: KS2 Citizenship/PSHE relevance
UKMiP files: The woman fighting for your rights!
PicturesPictures: Britain's top politicians
Find OutWhat is Parliament?
ChatHotseat: Anthony Daniels - C-3PO
VoteIs a government kids' minister a good idea?
ClubKavita interviews Margaret Hodge MP

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