English Skills: Lesson 7, Apostrophes: Lesson Resources

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This entertaining video from Grammar Bytes about apostrophe use can be found at YouTube. Follow this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0IBPtbY2o

Another entertaining video—actually an animated short—created by Jay Stewart is also found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOtMa2JyfXk

 A good overview of 12 apostrophe rules can be found at Jane Straus’s site for her book, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation:

http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp

 The Methodist University’s Writing Center has created a two-page handout that covers basic apostrophe rules:

http://www.methodist.edu/writingcenter/handouts/About%20Apostrophes.pdf

 The University  of Oxford’s Learning Institute can created a two-page handout about apostrophes:

http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk/media/global/wwwadminoxacuk/localsites/oxfordlearninginstitute/documents/pdg/managingyourself/6_grammar_-_apostrophe.pdf

 The Apostrophe Protection Society is a UK group that posts photographs of apostrophe misuse taken by their members and visitors to their site. Very entertaining:

http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/page9.html

 Although this is not an academic site, momcomm provides a colorful overview of the most common apostrophe errors:

http://www.momcomm.com/2012/08/5-apostrophe-mistakes-that-drive-your-readers-batty/

The Writing Kit has posted an interactive slide show that they call a tutorial. It both explains apostrophe use/misuse and also tests viewers on what they have learned:

http://www.writing-kit.com/apostrophes/

 The Learning Center at D’Youville College has created four online exercises (with answers) that ask students to determine which sentence, in a pair of sentences, is punctuated correctly:

http://depts.dyc.edu/learningcenter/owl/exercises/apostrophes_ex1.htm