Cozy English Courses

The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course®


History and Purpose of Punctuation Marks

Punctuation course intro

Setting: Beach House

"Now, I'm sure you've wondered what all these dots, lines, and squiggles mean; and, if not what they mean, then at least how or when to use them correctly.  Using correct punctuation can seem a bit daunting - even experts and publishers don't always agree - but don't worry because in this course I am presenting the most basic and cozy ways to use punctuation marks."

As Marie heads into the beach house to prepare for the day's learning adventures, she explains that the purpose of punctuation is clarity of meaning; and, that punctuation was invented to imitate the pauses and vocal inflections in speech. She demonstrates how difficult writing would be to interpret without punctuation marks. She says that punctuation marks are used in two ways: at the end of sentences, and within sentences; and, that it's the punctuation within sentences that most confuses people.   

As she stows her fishing rod, library books, and blackberry bucket in the back of her vintage El Camino she says,  "I've tried to simplify punctuation for you by equating punctuation marks to traffic signs.  Think of punctuation marks as the traffic signs of writing.  Just as traffic signs guide drivers, so punctuation marks guide readers and writers. As an added learning aid I will be sharing short poems about each punctuation mark. Now, I have a number of things to do today so let's hop into my trusty Camino and talk about punctuation as we go."  As she buckles up she explains that at the end of each lesson she will refer the viewer to the workbook so they can complete the companion exercises, and  check their work with the answer key.  "Here we go!"

Featured Music
Andante and Variations in E flat (Mozart)
Goldberg Variation 5 (Bach)

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