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No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System You might also try putting a period at the end of a “thought.” And what about semi-colons and colons? Well…maybe those are for exceptionally long breaths and thoughts? Okay, I guess you can see that these are no official “Strunk and White” rules about usage but rather the kind of myths about standard punctuation that are perpetuated, sometimes by educators, I’m afraid. Add to this the concern that writers, such as novelist and poets, often employ their own creative punctuation: for example, poet e.e. cummings wrote in all lower-case; popular novelist Stephen King, a former English teacher, writes long, run-on sentences to indicate stream-of-consciousness thought. 1Attack the Old BeliefI’ll stop short of saying telling students “Forget everything you learned before about punctuation,” but I think a good starting place is finding out what students already know.

AOS Home > English > ESL > Area of Study: Belonging > AOS This material was written by Carmen Vallis and modified for HSC English (ESL) by Eve Mayes, Condell Park High School. Key vocabulary to use in responses on Swallow the air Context of Swallow the air Telling stories to belong Who belongs? Key vocabulary to use in responses on Swallow the air Look at the list of words related to belonging and Swallow the Air. The "Red light" words are important to know to write well on Swallow the Air and belonging. Look up and learn any words that you are unfamiliar with. RED LIGHT - You HAVE to know these words and what they mean AMBER LIGHT - You SHOULD know these words and what they mean GREEN LIGHT - It's GOOD for you to know these words Download a PDF version of this table. Context of Swallow the air Like all texts, Swallow the air was written in a specific context that influences the ideas of belonging that are explored and the language used. The novel is mostly set in modern day Australia. Activity: Aunty

Plutarch • Sayings of Spartans — 208B‑236E (Vol. III) Plutarch, Moralia 1 When someone expressed surprise to Agasicles, king of the Spartans, because, although he was very fond of reading and lectures, yet he would not admit to his presence Philophanes, a learned man, he said, "I want to be a pupil of those whose son I should like to be as well." 2 When someone else remarked that he while king had been made hostage with those in the prime of life, and not their children or their women, he said, "That is but just, for it is good that we ourselves should bear the consequences of our own mistakes." 3 When he wished to send for some dogs from home, and some said, "There is no such export permitted from there," he said, c"Nor was there of men before this; but now it has been done!" 7 When a lecturer said, "Speech is the most important thing of all," he retorted, "Then if you are silent, you are of no worth at all!" p303 Antiochus Archidamidas

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