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  Apostrophes - abbreviations
Updated 24 June 2003, 12.05

Learning aims
  • Recognise and use apostrophes to abbreviate

  • Build a word-bank of this kind of abbreviation

  • Introduce the difference between apostrophes for abbreviation and possession
Introduction
Read through with the class the story

Introduce the word 'apostrophe' and point out that it takes the place of a letter.
This is called 'elision'.

Locate the four examples of apostrophe use in the text:

  • who think it's OK to smack them
  • a group of MPs and children's charities
  • it'll be seen as interfering
  • most parents won't like it

Ask for the role of the apostrophe in these examples:

  • it'll - abbreviation (short for 'it will')
  • children's charities - possession (belongs to children)
  • it'll - abbreviation (short for 'it will')
  • won't - abbreviation (short for 'will not')

Main activity
Give out copies of the

and get the class to underline the words that have been shortened by using apostrophes.

They can write the longer version of the words above the shortened versions.

Extension activity
Children could compile lists of all known examples of apostrophes for abbreviation.

Plenary
Discuss abbreviations found and irregulars such as won't (will not) and shan't (shall not).


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