This practice guide complements AERO’s simple, compound and complex sentence practice guides. It provides an overview of essential punctuation for writing in schools.

About this guide

Correct punctuation plays a crucial role in enhancing the clarity, intonation, meaning and precision of students’ writing. To support development of students’ writing skills, teachers need to explicitly teach correct and purposeful use of punctuation in conjunction with sentence structure.

This practice guide is designed to complement AERO’s simple, compound and complex sentence practice guides. It provides an overview of essential punctuation for writing across primary and secondary school using clear definitions and practical examples of sentence-level, simple and complex punctuation within the context of teaching sentence writing.

Teacher helping secondary school students with writing.