Tuesday 8th December 2020
L.C. To understand the function of an apostrophe in contractions.
What is an apostrophe?
An apostrophe is punctuation that is placed within a word. It is written at letter height rather than on the line.
We use apostrophes for 2 reasons.
When we make a word shorter or join 2 words together to make 1 this is called contracted form. This is done when the conversation is informal.
An example of this:
"I cannot come out to play tonight."
"I can't come out to play tonight."
On your whiteboards write down the word/words that have changed in the following sentences.
"I do not like eating cabbage."
"I don't like eating cabbage."
"My dog does not like chasing a ball."
"My dog doesn't like chasing a ball."
"I think they are open today"
"I think they're open today."
Here are some examples of how we contract 2 words to become one.
You are ----------> You're
They are ----------> They're
Does not ----------> Doesn't
There is ----------> There's
Notice how the letter that is highlighted changes into an apostrophe when the word is contracted.
Also notice that now rather than 2 words there is just 1.
Make sure when writing the contracted word that the letters in the word stay in the same order.
Have a go at contracting the following words. Think carefully about what letter needs to be omitted (changed for an apostrophe).
Do not ---------->
Was not ---------->
I am ---------->
You will ---------->
He is ---------->
Read the information on the page carefully then have a go at the activities and quiz below. Show your teacher your score.
Home learners please could you take a photo of your English work and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.