Today is National Punctuation Day!

The Story

Try to control your enthusiasm. Today is the day you've waited for all year.  Sharpen your pencils, turn on Microsoft Word's grammar check, and let's have some fun!


Discussion Starters

  • What's the purpose of punctuation?
  • How important do you consider punctuation for business writing?
  • Is punctuation more important for some media than others? Why or why not?

Assignment Ideas

  • Take a fresh look at a previous assignment for class. Edit it carefully for punctuation errors. Now, switch papers with a partner. Can you catch additional errors?
  • Choose one punctuation mark that you would like to understand better. Prepare a short presentation to class to explain the mark. Provide at least three examples of the punctuation mark used correctly in a sentence.
  • Practice punctuation with these interactive quizzes: