Punctuation Worksheets

Punctuation is the traffic light for reading; it tells the reader when to pause, when to stop, and how to proceed. Below is a variety of free worksheets on punctuation, including commas, periods, and exclamation points. By clicking on the title, you can see the particulars of the worksheet and download the PDF for printing. Need a punctuation refresher? Here's a helpful article on punctuation.

Apostrophe Worksheets

8 Worksheets
apostrophe_practice

An apostrophe is a versatile punctuation mark. It may stand for deleted letters, as in a contraction, or it may be a way to show ownership, as in a possessive, and it may look identical to a…

Colon Worksheets

7 Worksheets
using_the_colon

The colon is one of the most versatile of the punctuation marks. It can join clauses, introduce lists, separate minutes from hours, and denote a chapter and verse number. While it has many worthwhile uses, it…

Comma Worksheets

16 Worksheets
semicolons_commas_conjunctive_adverbs

Besides the period, the comma may be the most used punctuation mark in English. It may also be the most misunderstood. While a comma often denotes a pause, it may also clarify the meaning of…

Dash Worksheets

3 Worksheets
dash_as_punctuation_substitutions

A dash is a punctuation mark that is often used in order to emphasize the text between the dashes. It often is used instead of parentheses and differs from a hyphen in that it is slightly longer than a hyphen.…

Ending Punctuation Worksheets

11 Worksheets
capitalization worksheet

Each sentence is a complete thought. The punctuation at the end of the sentence tells the reader the sentence is over and tells the type of sentence it is. An exclamation point is at the end of an exclamatory…

Hyphen Worksheets

4 Worksheets
hyphenation_in_line_breaks

Shorter than a dash, a hyphen might be considered word “glue.” It will join two words to make a compound word, such as one-way street. It may also connect a prefix with a root word to create a new one, such…

Quotation Mark Worksheets

11 Worksheets
Writing Practice Worksheet - Using Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are punctuation marks most often used to signal direct quotations: the actual words or text that someone said or wrote. However, they may also signal an unusual use of a word, such as an ironic…

Semicolon Worksheets

6 Worksheets
using_semicolons_in_a_series

Half colon and half comma, the semicolon has many uses. It can separate independent clauses when there is no coordinating conjunction, it can separate items in a list when the items have a comma, and it can…