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chapter 6.13 Capitalization and Punctuation: Return to Your Observation of Writing

Look again at the paragraphs about the picnic at the beginning of this chapter. Think about how the marks that you circled help you as a reader to understand the way in which groups of words work together. Now that you have studied the rules for using capital letters and punctuation marks, write beside each circled mark the reason for its use. In these paragraphs, you should find examples that illustrate the following number of different reasons.
Punctuation Mark Number of reasons
for using
Capital letter 4
Period 2
Question mark 1
Exclamation point 1
Colon 1
Semicolon 2
Comma 6
Quotation marks 2
Parentheses 1
Trade papers with a classmate and check each other's work.

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