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Speech marks

Speech marks


Speech marks show what someone has said. They go at the start and end of speech in a sentence.

Download our Speech marks activity below.

This activity asks children to rewrite sentences as direct speech. Read through the sentences together. Put the speech marks in the right place in the sentences. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.


Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.2.B Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.


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Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!