Using worksheets for single quotation marks will help your students to become active learners instead of just passive observers.
Creating Grammar Worksheets for Single Quotation Marks
There are some very good free worksheets on the Internet to teach the use of quotation marks. However it is difficult to find good grammar worksheets for single quotation marks. You will have to create your own or find them from some sort of teacher's workbook.
What follows is a list of ideas for creating fun and effective grammar worksheets which help teach how to use single quotation marks.
Try to have advanced students write their own worksheets. By writing their own worksheets, they will learn about the process of single quotation marks from the inside out so to speak. You can check the worksheets to make sure that they are accurate, and then have students swap worksheets with their neighbor and try to answers the questions.
If your students are just beginning to get aquainted with single quotation marks, have the worksheets focus on the most basic usage of single quotation marks, which are quotations within quotations.
Provide a series of sentences which call for single quotation marks. Don't place the quotation marks on the worksheet. Instead, ask the students to place the single quotation marks where they belong. You may need to help beginner students by placing some of the quotation marks where they belong.
For intermediate to advanced level students, leave out both the regular quotation marks and the single quotation marks from sentences, and ask students to add both of them where they are needed. Not only does this give students practice in each individual discipline, but it allows them to see how the quotation marks are used differently.
Create a worksheet that incorrectly uses single quotation marks. Ask students to identify where the quotation marks are used incorrectly, and to fix the mistakes within the sentences. Write a few of the sentences correctly, so that way students really have to pay attention to what they are doing.
Tips For Creating Worksheets on Single Quotation Marks
In addition to the ideas given above for the content of the worksheets, here are a few tips to use for actually creating the worksheet.
Remember what level you are teaching for. If you are working with beginner level students, you might need to explain to them exactly what a quotation is before you go into the usage of single quotation marks.
Watch for the American vs. British differences with single quotations. In Britain, single quotation marks are used for speciality words in fields such as philosophy and theology. In America many of the usage rules for quotation marks are different. Therefore, you want to make sure you are giving as accurate and comprehensive of an overview as possible.
Do not rely solely on worksheets to do the teaching for you. No one method can be used 100% of time in the classroom because students will quickly grow bored and the teacher will lose their attention. Try mixing worksheets up with discussions about single quotation marks. Don't think that is possible? Well, the very nature of quotations lends themselves to discussions. Allow students to engage in activities where they actually talk and repeat what others said, so that they can determine which dialogue would have single quotation marks as opposed to the regular quotation marks.
Remember, the worksheet is a teaching tool. It it designed to work with other teaching tools such as classroom discussion.