Punctuation Puzzle Practice: PPP #ELTchat #CCK11

Word Cloud (Credit: Wordle)

Here is a punctuation puzzle for your students (and mine).

1. Have your students listen to Louis Armstrong sing, “What A Wonderful World”.

2. Pass out the lyrics to the song, with punctuation missing.

3. Before listening: Students place punctuation marks in the song.

4. While listening: Students verify punctuation, change punctuation, according to how it best fits Armstrong’s song as he sings it.

5. After listening: Students discuss their punctuation, giving reasons why they placed or did not place a particular punctuation mark.

Extension: Students punctuate the song to give it their own intended meaning, redefining the song as if they were the singer…

Further extension: Students could sing (individually, pairs or group) a version of the song in which the punctuation resonates with them…
Song lyrics:

I see trees of green red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world I see skies of blue and clouds of white The bright blessed day the dark say goodnight And I think to myself what a wonderful world The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do They’re really saying I love you I hear babies cry I watch them grow They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know And I think to myself what a wonderful world Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world


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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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