Yesterday we did a language arts lesson about punctuating direct quotations. One of the optional activities involved reading pairs of sentences that have the same words, but different punctuation -- the point being that punctuation matters to the meaning of the sentence.
Although she punctuates well, apparently this had never fully occurred to the sweet girl -- that one little comma or a pair of quotation marks can make all the difference in how one reads or understands a sentence. She thought it was hilarious!
The children cried today.
The children cried, "Today!"
I thought she was going to fall off the couch she laughed so hard.
Her favorite pair, however, were these two sentences, which I read with great flair and drama:
The duke declared I am now the king!
The duke declared, "I am now the king!"
She thought it was hysterical that I was reading those words. She loves to play with literal meanings. What a silly duke, she teased me, to declare *me* the king -- he should have noticed I was a girl and therefore declared me a queen.
She told her dad all about the lesson last night. And then she got out a piece of paper and wrote with a flourish:
I think somebody should teach you how to puckcheate.
Reminding me, of course, that we need to tackle the spelling of punctuate. And where to put commas when writing letters. But mostly making me laugh.
I think we have "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" in our future.