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…
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